Stingrays are definitely an unusual ocean animal.
Whether it’s their saucer-like shape or fins that help them “fly” through the water, stingrays appear peaceful and calm ... despite their dangerous reputation.
Wild Kingdom host Stephanie Arne shows why stingrays are to be admired, not feared.
It may look like they have wings, but a stingray uses the large fins located on each side of their body to move up and down as they glide through the water.Tweet this Fact
If you look at a stingray from the bottom, it appears to be smiling. Their mouth, along with their nostrils and gill slits, are on the underside of their body.Tweet this Fact
Stingrays spend most of their time hiding in the sand. They stir up sand with their fins while burying themselves head-first; a great defense mechanism that keeps them hidden from predators! Their skin coloration also provides the perfect camouflage for chilling out on the shallow sea floor until a tasty meal comes along.Tweet this Fact
As ocean bottom dwellers, the eyes on the top of a stingray’s body aren’t used for hunting. Instead, they use special sensors located around their mouth (on their underside) to detect tiny electrical charges emitted by their prey.Tweet this Fact
Many stingrays have tails that are armed for defense. They have one or more barbed venomous stingers on the end of their long tails, which they whip when they feel threatened or to strike their predators.Tweet this Fact