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Old September 5th, 2006, 09:57 PM
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How many are still doing the sting ray excursion after one of them killed Steve Irwin?/
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Would do it again without hesitation.

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Since we have a stop in GC, I'm actually thinking of doing it again..
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Doing it again on our upcoming cruise.
It was a "freak" accident that unfortunatley killed Steve Irwin
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My Grand Cayman excursion will not be to Sting Ray City as planned. To me, it's not worth the risk of getting just "stung" and having a painful time on the rest of my cruise.
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My Grand Cayman excursion will not be to Sting Ray City as planned. To me, it's not worth the risk of getting just "stung" and having a painful time on the rest of my cruise.
You are missing out on a great experience due to unfounded paranoia. I don't even recall any reports of being stung. As long as you have squid you are the rays best friend, otherwise they swim by in favor of those who do. They are very used to human contact and thereforeare quite unlikely to sting or toss a barb. You are more likely to be hit crossing the street or having a coconut from a palm fall on you.
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I would have to totally agree with Doug. The rays in Grand Caymen although they are wild are docile and used to human contact.
The rays in Australia that killed Steve Irwin were totally wild and dangerous . The title of the the show was "Most Dangerous...."
If you pay attention to your dive master before you interact with the rays you will have no problems.
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I did it in Barbados & would do it again. The ones they use for the cruise lines are more docile & use to human beings since they are around all the time.

Steve was in the wilds and from the reports, swam OVER it. Stingray was spooked or got scared & as with all wild creatures, defended itself.

Don't forget, Steve was bigger than the ray, so the ray may have viewed him as a threat or felt threated.

Everyone can attest that has been on these trips - the tour guides really verbally push at you what and what not to do while in the water with these creatures. They are pretty strict about it when explaining the guidelines.

While I was in the water, the first time I felt the side of the ray brush my leg as it swam by, I immediately jerked my leg upwards. It felt like the softest jelly brushing against me. It's a weird feeling. Immediately, my brain kicked in & next time it happened, I stayed still.

The worst thing you would feel from these guys is the sucking action when they take the food from you hand. They have a very strong suction & the worst thing you might find yourself in is a few of these around you & your arm or leg getting a very big hickey on it. Doesn't hurt, but boy can they suck!!
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Another thing also - even if you go on this trip - you don't have swim with them. You can stay as far away or as close as you want & just watch them from a distance. It's not like you are "forced" to swim with them.

When we did it, it was a huge area (maybe an acre or more?) that was enclosed. About waist deep. So you could get close or stay far away.

I would do it, even if you don't touch them. You can still look at them from a distance.
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I snorkled with the wild one's in Belize. To be honest I thought they were very docile shy creatures but they are curious and look at you. If you don't have food for them they don't touch you. However I thought many of the people who did the tour did not listen to instructions and were splashing around too much and getting too close to each other. The snorkling instuctions were leave at least 4 feet between each other, it could cause an accident because some people don't listen.
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I went snorkeling with the stingrays in GC and loved it, I would do it again. We were in waist deep water and you could see where the stingrays were so you could be careful not to step on them. What happened with Steve Irwin was just an unfortunate rare incident.
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Don't worry about this...I have been to stingray city many times and they are extremely calm and friendly. I think that the one that stung him was excited because it was an area where sharks were nearby and humans are not usually around.
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Has anyone swam with the rays in Nassau? If so, how was it>
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I'VE DONE IT A FEW TIMES, AND THERE ISN'T A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I WOULD NOT DO IT. THESE ARE THE MOST GENTLE CREATURES, AND THEY ARE NOT NASTY AT ALL.

THEY GOT A BAD RAP FOR THE ACCIDENT AND I'M TELLING YOU, IF YOU DO IT ONCE, YOU WILL KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

IF YOU GET THE CHANCE, DO IT. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. I SWEAR IT!!!

THEY TEACH YOU HOW TO WALK IN THE WATER, YOU HAVE TO SCUFFLE YOUR FEET AS IF YOU WERE 98 YEARS OLD, SO THEY FEEL THE VIBRATION ON THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN. ALSO, BY DOING THAT, IF THEY ARE ON THE BOTTOM, YOU WON'T STEP ON THEM.

THEY WILL STING IF THEY FEEL THREATENED. REMEMBER THAT THESE CREATURES ONLY HAVE ONE DEFENSE. THEY DON'T HANDS, OR FINS. THEY DON'T HAVE ANY WAY TO PROTECT THEM AT ALL OTHER THAN THAT TAIL, SO THEY DON'T USE IT WITHOUT SERIOUS PROVACATION. DID I SPELL THAT RIGHT?
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We swam with the stingrays in GC on a previous cruise and they were the most docile things. As was noted earlier by DougR. , if you have squid, they'll come up to you, if not, you may have one brush by you as they swim by, but they will not "come after" you. We were snorkeling with them in about 12 feet of water. The excursion took us to a reef to snorkel and then to an area to swim with the rays. Supposedly it's good luck if you kiss them and the handlers were holding rays for us to kiss them on their wings (I hope they told other groups the same thing or else we were just one boatload of suckers! )
We're definitely planning on going again since we have some GC newbies with us this time and they want to swim with the rays. It was an unfortunate accident that happened to Steve Irwin, but even the website for Stingray City at the time it happened had a note saying how safe the rays were in GC.
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different species.....
also the ones in Grand Cayman "Sting Ray City" pretty much depend upon the tourists for many of their meals....

It is a GREAT experience to feel them brush up against you and swim around. Make sure to take or rent snorkeling masks so you can see them under water. You have to be careful not to step on the smaller, less experienced sting rays who blend in with the sand color.
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It was great. Had lots of fun, and felt very safe.
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Would do the rays again and Sting Ray City is the best site to see them.
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