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Daniel Kendrick
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Posted: 04 September 2006 at 2:46pm | IP Logged | 1  

From waht I heard between the ribs and right into the heart. 
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Wes Wescovich
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Stingrays are like opossums.  They seem docile and calm, but are extremely dangerous when cornered or startled.  The venom in the tail barb varies between the types of rays, also.  When I was a teen-ager, friends and I used to go out wading on the beach in Biloxi and gig for softshell crabs and flounders.  We always had to remember to drag our feet on the sandy bottom so's to prevent accidentely stepping on a stingray.  I forgot one night and had one put its tail right through the fleshy portion of my calf.  Removing that thing is one of the most painful memories of my life.  Fortunately, it was of a non-poisonous variety. 
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Gary Hart
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I HAVE petted Stingrays...in tide pools; and in fact, was on a cruise once that stopped in Cayman Isl, that had a day excursion to a "Stingray City"!! So...but I know that there are a great number of members in the family Skates/Sharks/Rays...and I guess many are non-lethal....the are really VERY cool to watch swim actually...
and...come to think of it...I've FED THEM!! They splash you when then come up to the top, and I can seem to remember actually (yikes) feeling something like TEETH eating what would've been like achovies outta my hand...not gonna be that brave anymore!
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Gary Hart
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just heard a Marine Biologist say...the ray that bit him was a BIG guy...7 ft diamater wingspan!...THAT'S BIG!! maybe was a Manta Ray??? remember, these are PACIFIC rays, and bigger than the Atlantic ones I think...
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Emery Calame
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I had no diea they could get that big.

http://www.carpecarpio.com/FreshwaterStingraylanded198lb04.j pg

http://www.rollingtank.com/pictures/dave4.jpg

http://www.sethoscope.net/photos/2005-02-Australia/img_12528 -m.jpg

http://www.fishingmag.co.nz/Assets/Surfcasting/surfcasting-a thol-sm.jpg

http://www.wwf.org.uk/picturelibrary/jpeg200/st/stingray.jpg

http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/corps/images/corp1759.jpg

Wow.

 

 



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Jason Fulton
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The first thing I thought of when I read about this was "throw another shrimp on the barbie", quickly followed by "I am an idiot". RIP.
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Chris Hutton
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I once went snorkeling in the FL Keys. The barracuda freaked me out. You couldn't PAY me to go near a ray, shark, or even a flounder!
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Roger Jackson
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This makes him an ASSHOLE.

 

Is it really necessary to call a man on the day (or day after) his death an asshole? That's pretty harsh.

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Josh Goldberg
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No harsher than making your own children fatherless and your wife a widow for a relatively unimportant reason, as illustrated by JB's comparison with firefighters and police.  It's kind of like going up in the space shuttle when you're a school teacher, not an astronaut.
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Roger Jackson
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Nevertheless it's a cold, cold comment, to be sure.
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Zaki Hasan
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Posted: 04 September 2006 at 9:47pm | IP Logged | 11  

A ray's sting, while quite painful, is rarely fatal.  In a complete fluke, the animal's tail managed to creep below his rib-cage and pierce his heart.  It seems a little much to call Irwin an a-hole considering the circumstances which took his life were more a result of extraordinary bad luck than any particular daredeviltry on his part.
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Jim Yingst
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Yes, but it's hardly surprising for this forum. Sad.
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