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