Since September 4, 2006, most people make a correlation between
stingrays and Steve Irwin: Crocodile Hunter. On September 4, 2006,
animal-enthusiast and conservationist, Steve Irwin, was killed while
filming a special called "Ocean's Deadliest" between Australia's Gold
Coast and the Great Barrier Reef. A stingray, feeling threatened
by his presence, stabbed Irwin through the heart with its venomous barb.
Irwin was killed instantly.
||First Aid in the Event of a Stingray Attack
First of all, it is very important to realize that stingrays will
not use their barbs as a defense mechanism. Stingray attacks are
extremely rare because, most of the time, they will swim away from
humans if they feel threatened.
Step 1: Immediately call for medical attention.
Step 2: Control the bleeding as much as possible.
Step 3: Do NOT remove the barb. Doing so can actually do
more harm than good. The serrated edges of the barb can cause more
lacerations, allowing more venom into your body.
Step 4: Immerse the wound in the hottest tolerable water for
30-90 minutes. This helps to reduce the ability for the venom to
poison your body.
Step 5: Give analgesics.
Step 6: Clean the wound and give antiseptics.
A great way to ensure prevention of stingray-causing injuries is to
avoid stingrays in their natural environment as much as possible.
Also, when walking in shallow water, it helps to shuffle your feet,
warning the rays that you are near.
|"Mom, can we keep him??"
Today, more and more people are keeping stingrays as pets.
Unfortunately, keeping a ray as a pet is a lot of hard work. They
need a lot of attention. Also, by encasing the stingray in a tank
(which can sometime be up to 230 gallons) you can greatly reduce the
lifespan. Many pet owners agree that they've experienced what they
call "Sudden Ray Death." The stingray seems to die for no reason.
Even if you think it would be a great conversation piece to own a
stingray as a pet, they are high maintenance, expensive, and difficult
to take care of.
Stingrays can be seen at cleaner stations when small cleaner fish
enter the rays spiracles and remove any parasites that may be living
Hammerhead Sharks are stingrays' most frequent predators. A
stingray's number one defense against an animal that is so large in
comparison to their own size is their stinging barb. Hammerheads
have been found with as many as twenty stingray barbs embedded in their