Garden State officials report that a 22 year old man stung by a stingray in the shallows of an inlet near Seaside Heights along the Jersey Shore last week is recuperating after a short hospital stay. Although, generally considered to be docile, stingrays have serrated tails that can cause painful lacerations. Many readers may also recall that one killed “Crococile Hunter” Steve Irwin in a freak accident when the poisonous barb at the end of it’s tail pierced his chest during the filming of an underwater documentary entitled “Oceans’ Deadliest” on September 4, 2006.
“The ocean is filled with sea life. I think a lot of people have lost the concept that the ocean is a living room for thousands of marine species,” said Bob Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, N.J. “People aren’t the only things out there.”
In fact, both southern and bluenose stingrays sighting are quite common along the Jersey shore this time of year as hundreds gather to feed on baby surf clams and other food sources.
Luckily, most of the marine life found there, as well as in the waters off Connecticut, including whales, crabs, dolphins, clams, sharks and various species of fish, etc., generally don’t bother with the humans invading their space. However, that doesn’t mean people should be careless, or stay in the water when they see fins!
Those interested in getting up close to a stingray (and perhaps even petting one) without going to the beach can do so by visiting the Mystic Aquarium at 55 Coogan Ave., Mystic, CT 06355 860 572-5955,