Fun-loving stingray

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Comments (7)

© LK Kelley on February 23, 2008

"Just keep swimming; just keep swimming" - Dorey from "Finding Nemo". That's what he is saying! Love the water ripples compared to his smooth body. And, what a shot! Getting his veins, etc.! Clarity in water is hard, but this was marvellous!

©junebug on February 23, 2008

That's a great shot, Ryan! The shape of this fish reminds me of an aircraft, maybe a Stealth jet fighter. And the water is so clear that many details can be seen despite the ripples which are also very beautiful! Greetings, Anne

Ryan Calhoun on February 23, 2008

Thanks Kim and Anne! It's a shallow feeding pool, where you can hold fish down in the water for them to eat. The part that looks like a mouth isn't a's somewhere underneath. It's a very odd feeling when they slurp the fish out of your hand, and then ends of your fingers also! They come closer to the surface when you give them a fish, and without fail they slap their fins several times to splash you on purpose as a way to say thanks. :)

No, not Dory! This is Mr. Ray!

Cheers, Ryan

©junebug on February 23, 2008

It's amazing they even eat from your hand, Ryan! I can imagine that it must be a very odd feeling..! Cheers, Anne

Margrit M. Berger (S… on February 23, 2008

As long as you are safe on land, it's ok! But if I think of Steve Urvin, who was killed by a stingray, they are not harmless at all. Steve, who handled so many very dangerous animals, it's sad that he died like that.

Great photo, Ryan and the stingray is an elegant creature.

Greetings, May

Tamás Borbély on February 24, 2008

Very exotic living being, on a grandiose photo, Ryan !My best regards, Tamás

Ryan Calhoun on February 24, 2008

Anne, it's a bit like feeding catfish. Yes, it's very odd. :)

Thanks May and Tamás. Of course these here inside the park, in a shallow pool where children can pet them, have their stingers removed.

May, the stingray that killed Steve Irwin was following its natural instinct when it feels threatened. It's a tragic reminder that wild animals should be respected for what they are.

Greetings, Ryan

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 22, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ryan Calhoun
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2008/01/01 10:34:35
    • Exposure: 0.033s (1/30)
    • Focal Length: 53.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: -0.67 EV
    • No flash