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Old 10-19-06, 12:51 PM
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Crikey! When Stingrays Attack!

Fla. boater stabbed in chest by stingray Thu Oct 19, 9:21 AM ET

LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. - An 81-year-old boater was in critical condition Thursday after a stingray flopped onto his boat and stabbed him, leaving a foot-long barb in his chest, authorities said.

"It was a freak accident," said Lighthouse Point acting fire Chief David Donzella. "It's very odd that the thing jumped out of the water and stung him. We still can't believe it."

Fatal stingray attacks like the one that killed "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin last month are rare, marine experts say. Rays reflexively deploy a sharp spine in their tails when frightened, but the venom coating the barb usually causes just a painful sting for humans.

James Bertakis of Lighthouse Point was on the water with his granddaughter and a friend Wednesday when the stingray flopped onto the boat and stung Bertakis. The women steered the boat to shore and called 911.

Surgeons were able to remove some of the barb, and Bertakis, who also suffered a collapsed lung, underwent surgery late Wednesday and early Thursday, the Miami Herald reported on its web site.

Ellen Pikitch, a professor of marine biology and fisheries at the University of Miami, who has been studying stingrays for decades, said they are generally docile.

"Something like this is really, really extraordinarily rare," she said. "Even when they are under duress, they don't usually attack."
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I bow down to our new stingray overlords.
Old 10-19-06, 01:01 PM
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Maybe that show Invasion wasn't fiction afterall...
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Damn!

I'm going on a cruise in a month and one of the offered excursions in a stingray meet-n-greet or something like that. I was wondering if it's more or less popular now.
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Originally Posted by GoVegan
Damn!

I'm going on a cruise in a month and one of the offered excursions in a stingray meet-n-greet or something like that. I was wondering if it's more or less popular now.
Don't worry about them. Just be careful where you put your feet in sand. I dove with stingray at Stingray City (Cayman Island), they were extremely friendly as long as we don't provoke them.
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Originally Posted by McHawkson
Don't worry about them. Just be careful where you put your feet in sand. I dove with stingray at Stingray City (Cayman Island), they were extremely friendly as long as we don't provoke them.
I think they encourage you to slide your feet along the sand instead of taking steps so that you don't step on one of them. Our excursion got rained out last year so we didn't get to do it.
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Originally Posted by cdollaz
I think they encourage you to slide your feet along the sand instead of taking steps so that you don't step on one of them.
But they're not even waiting for you to get in the water now to stab you!
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I am also going to stingray city in January, getting kind of nervous.
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The war is on. The stingray bandits struck first by taking the life of Steve Irwin, then mankind struck back, and this latest attack is their retaliation for all of that. I hate to say it, and never thought I would, but it's time to overtake the oceans and nuke them all.

May God have mercy on their barbs.
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Originally Posted by BrentLumkin
but it's time to overtake the oceans and nuke them all.
It's the only way to be sure.
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Originally Posted by devilshalo
But they're not even waiting for you to get in the water now to stab you!
Plus the guy was 81 so he was probably shuffling his feet too.
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The Stingrays are tired and they're not going to take it anymore!
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Originally Posted by BrentLumkin
The war is on. The stingray bandits struck first by taking the life of Steve Irwin, then mankind struck back, and this latest attack is their retaliation for all of that. I hate to say it, and never thought I would, but it's time to overtake the oceans and nuke them all.

May God have mercy on their barbs.


We already did it.

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I think they're in cahoots.
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Originally Posted by McHawkson


We already did it.

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Well no wonder they attacked first recently!

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