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Huge Stingray School Heads North

It's Migration Time – Cownose Stingrays Head North!

An amateur photographer from New Jersey received an unexpected treat on a shark expedition last July off the coast of Holbox Island, Mexico when a school of Cownose Stingrays crossed her path while migrating for the Summer. Cownose stingrays have a twice yearly migration, starting both in the late Spring and Winter, and can be seen traveling in schools of up to 10,000 rays right now in the areas from Western Florida to the Yucatan.

Sandra Critelli who snapped the amazing pics, says she's never seen anything like it before, calling it an "unreal image, very difficult to describe," and estimates this school to be in the thousands. And, although stingrays are poisonous, they are known to be calm and non-threatening when in large schools like this - I suppose there's confidence in numbers!


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Just-Oh Just-Oh 7 years
That's so beautiful!
PinkShoes21 PinkShoes21 7 years
totally cool!!!
yadiet yadiet 7 years
:JAWDROP: what an amazing photograph!! This is once in alifetime shot. And what a shot it is!!
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 7 years
Awesome photography. And, how exciting to be on a shark expedition. I'm a huge fan of the yearly Shark Week on Discovery Channel.
Tabloid Tabloid 7 years
Holy smoke! That's a lot of stingray. I did touched one when I went to "Sea World" and it was so cool.
wren1 wren1 7 years
Very cool picture.
Sara-no-h Sara-no-h 7 years
Wow, how beautiful. She is so lucky to have captured this.
millarci millarci 7 years
That is an once in a lifetime shot! :)
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
Wow, this is beautiful! It would be amazing to see it in person!
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
that is AMAZING! Wow, to see that in person is probably freaky!
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