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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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