Stingray Trivia

August 13, 2012

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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

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