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post #1 of 12
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I cant find the link, but a spotted eagle ray jumped on a boat, stabbed a person with it's barb tail, and the person fell over and hit there head on the boat, and died from it.

It was a freak rare occurance, not on purpose. But these poor rays are getting a bad rap for accidents, because a youtube video was released of people torturing one of these rays before slowly killing it.

Accidents happen you cant blame the animals!
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by keith p View Post
I cant find the link, but a spotted eagle ray jumped on a boat, stabbed a person with it's barb tail, and the person fell over and hit there head on the boat, and died from it.

It was a freak rare occurance, not on purpose. But these poor rays are getting a bad rap for accidents, because a youtube video was released of people torturing one of these rays before slowly killing it.

Accidents happen you cant blame the animals!
I hate to say this, but sometimes a person's number is just up. When a stingray smacks someone in the chest and they smack their head and pass away it was just their time.
post #3 of 12
It does seem a bit of a freak occurrence. What the name of the film about the inevitability of death? Final Destination?
post #4 of 12
Here is a link to the story:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080320/...stingray_death

The ray actually smacked her in the face while it was jumping. It's believe that it was the impact of the ray that killed her and not from the tumble (pending autopsy).

I'm not sure what kind of ray it was but a long time ago I was fishing off a pier down in Florida and a guy caught a nice sized stingray. It took four people to get the hook out so no one would get stung. Two held the wings down while another man held the tail down. The fourth removed the hook. They were very careful and gently released the ray back into the water.

I really hope some ignorant people don't start hunting rays because of a freak accident. Some humans can be incredibly ignorant of how nature works.
post #5 of 12
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That story changed, because earlier it said she got jabbed by the barb but yes that wasnt the cause of death, mabye thats when the story was still in the talking stages and was wrong, because the link dissapeared off yahoo news very quickly.

I hope they let it go and didnt end up killing it, you never know with people these days.
post #6 of 12
Eagle rays do not attack people. If it came flying out of the water (and they can) it was most likely because he was fleeing from a predator (probably a shark) and trying to escape. When I was diving, seeing an eagle ray was a rare experience because they are so timid and don't like humans. The first thing they did was swim away.

Rays are very passive. They don't attack unless they feel threatened.
post #7 of 12
On that note, I was just at a sort of aquarium thing (at West Edmonton Mall) that had fish, and one info board on one wall talked about the Stingrays and how sometimes they'll leap from the water and land back down with a cracking sound (from the wings smacking the water). I believe the board said it might be a mating thing, but that that's just theory.
post #8 of 12
I really feel for this woman's family. I hope they understand that this was really a freak accident, and there is nothing that they could have done to prevent it.
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Originally Posted by Aussie_Dog View Post
On that note, I was just at a sort of aquarium thing (at West Edmonton Mall) that had fish, and one info board on one wall talked about the Stingrays and how sometimes they'll leap from the water and land back down with a cracking sound (from the wings smacking the water). I believe the board said it might be a mating thing, but that that's just theory.
Eagle Rays are not sting rays. Sting rays mainly scoot along in the sand, where Eagle Rays swim free most of the time. They belong in same family as sharks and skates but are different than sting rays, just like manta rays are different. Manta rays are HUGE but have no stinger. I'm not sure if Eagle rays have a stinger, but I don't think so.

Here's the difference:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_ray
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sting_ray

Either way, I agree, it was a freak accident and my thoughts and prayers go out to the woman's family.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Essayons89 View Post
I really hope some ignorant people don't start hunting rays because of a freak accident. Some humans can be incredibly ignorant of how nature works.
That has already happened, shortly after Irwin's death to be exact. If I remember correctly, his wife and many others pleaded with people not to go killing rays, that he wouldn't have wanted that nor would he have blamed the ray for his death.
post #11 of 12
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Stingrays and how sometimes they'll leap from the water and land back down with a cracking sound (from the wings smacking the water). I believe the board said it might be a mating thing, but that that's just theory.

They may also do that to get parasites off of them.
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
That has already happened, shortly after Irwin's death to be exact. If I remember correctly, his wife and many others pleaded with people not to go killing rays, that he wouldn't have wanted that nor would he have blamed the ray for his death.
It's pathetic, really. The same thing happens after shark attacks or if a lion or tiger would kill a person out in the wild. I don't get how it's the fault of the animal when a human is out in the animals environment. Steve Irwin knew what he was doing, he also knew the risks he was taking. The saddest part of the whole thing was the world lost what was its foremost leader for conservation.

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I'm not sure if Eagle rays have a stinger, but I don't think so.
They have a poisonous spine.
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