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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Stingrays Fed by Tourists Showing Distinct Feeding and Behavior Patterns

Stingrays are not meant to be "pets"--

Stingrays Fed by Tourists Showing Distinct Feeding, Behavior Patterns: Study : animals : Nature World News: "Tourists feeding stingrays have changed the creatures' feeding habits along with behavior and mating habits, a new study finds. Researchers say the research finding raises questions about the impact of interactive tourism on marine wildlife, reports e!sciencenews. Stingrays are commonly found in shallow coastal waters in temperate regions, according to the National Geographic. Their toxin can be fatal to humans. The study was conducted by researchers from Nova Southeastern University's Guy Harvey Research Institute in Hollywood, Fla. and the University of Rhode Island who assessed the population and behavior of Southern stingrays, Dasyatis Americana, found in the Stingray City Sandbar, Grand Cayman, which draws about a million visitors each year. . . " (read more at link above)

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