November 22, 2011

ABC Wednesday - S

I got back from vacation just over a week ago. One stop was Stingray City in the Cayman Islands. Stingray City is a series of shallow sandbars in the North Sound of Grand Cayman.



Many years ago local fishermen stopped in this area to clean their daily catch. The unwanted fish parts were thrown into the water which attracted Stingrays to the area. As the fishermen would arrive the Stingrays would gather waiting for their free meal. The Stingrays began to associate the sound of a boat engine with food.  Eventually it was realized that the stingrays could be fed by hand. The area became a tourist attraction and is now the most popular tourist attraction in the Cayman Islands.



It is not dangerous if you are calm and listen to your guide. Most cases of people being stung by stingrays occur when someone accidentally steps on one in shallow water. Stingrays are defensive and are not intentionally aggressive.


I took the same trip eleven years ago...it is an experience that I would recommend.




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8 comments:

Ms. Burrito said...

Wow, I would love to experience such adventure.

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capturedalive said...

Stingray !! Sounds like an electrifying experience:)

Pheno, ABCW team

Roger Owen Green said...

very informative about stingrays; I had been nervous about them.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

TexWisGirl said...

how incredibly awesome for you!

Kim, USA said...

Oh my gush the tail makes me terrified to be close to it. I love your photos looks like you all had fun.

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SouthCoast Guy said...

Sounds like a great adventure!

Andy said...

Hello.
Looks like you had lots of fun. Certainly a memory maker.
Nice photos.
Thanks for sharing.

A Sweet, Spanish Flower

Lady Jane said...

Glad you had a fun trip. After that animal guy died from a stingray. I think I might be a little leary.... But I sure would love the water and sun. Cheers, LJ