Yesterday our amazing little GoPro camera took a dive into the pool over at Stingray Island! We got to see a whole new point of view to the exhibit which was fun, although some of our sea creature friends had to be reminded, “GoPros are friends, not food!” Check out the footage below:
Stingray Island is loaded with creatures of the sea–stingrays (of course), eels, a lion fish, sharks and the Horseshoe Crab.
This little guy–well, he’s not so little–looks like his neighbor stingrays but he’s actually a crab!
At first glance he appears to be a member of the sand ray family but if you lift him onto his back you’ll see that he’s actually a crab! Horseshoe Crabs can be identified by their hard, disc-shaped shells and their large eyes. When you flip him over, you can see that although his shell resembles a stingray, his underside says otherwise.
If you haven’t already heard, stingrays are coming to the Fair this year! Although we will be blogging and taking pictures/video of the new exhibit we thought it would be fun to give you some facts we’ve learned about stingrays in the past month or so.
Did you know:
- Stingrays don’t have bones; their bodies are supported by cartilage.
- They prey on clams, oysters, shrimp and crab.
- Stingrays can grow to be 6.5′ tall and weigh as much as 790 pounds!
- When a pup (a baby stingray) is born it is almost fully developed; when it comes out of the mother’s womb it looks like a mini-adult stingray.
- Pups can feed themselves from birth.
- The average life span of a stingray is 15-25 years old.
- Ancient Greek dentists used the venom from the stingray’s spine as an anesthetic when they worked on their patients.
- There are more than 60 species of stingray in the world.
*Facts taken from National Geographic