VIDEO: Dozens of stingrays pass close to Siesta Key Beach

Stingray along Siesta Key
Stingray along Siesta Key
Published: Jan. 18, 2019 at 3:29 PM EST
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SARASOTA (WWSB) - Ben Myers was walking along Siesta Key Beach Thursday morning when he quickly got out his camera to capture dozens of stingrays moving through the water.

Ben said it was "crazy awesome" even though he had to get in the cold waters of the Gulf of Mexico to take video.

He says he spoke with the lifeguards, who told him they were cownose rays, which are frequently moving through the water and sometimes mistaken for sharks at a distance because of the tips of their ray fins sticking out of the water like a dorsal fin.

Being stung by a stingray is extremely rare. They are shy creatures, and scientists find stingrays only use their venom-tipped tails in extreme circumstances. Even then, it’s not as an attack, but as a defensive reflex.

This time of year, there are oftentimes stingrays in the waters of the Gulf. So if you’re going into the water, make sure you do the stingray shuffle!

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