TV series star Steve Irwin suffered a dangerous sting ray attack while swimming. They can even jump out of the water for food!
What is it?
Stingrays are boneless marine animals reaching up to 6.5 ft. in length and are characterized by their long fins and tails that they move in a wavy motion to glide through the water. They’re carnivorous animals whose tails contain a barb with venom that’s very fatal to humans and other animals. One interesting feature of the stingray is its ampullae of Lorenzini, which are electroreceptors it uses to detect electrical charges from their prey.
Where is it located?
Stingrays can be found in warm ocean habitats worldwide but thrive mainly along shallow coastal waters., where they’re a threat to tourists on vacation visiting places like the Maldives. They’re quiet animals that bury their bodies in the sand in order to camouflage themselves from predators such as sharks or other marine rays.
How will it kill you?
Stingray attacks on humans are rare but usually occur when they feel threatened. When you’re stung, the stinger on its tail penetrates your body and delivers venom directly into the wound. Although stings are oftentimes not fatal, they cause extreme pain from cell and tissue death. Injuries are most common in the ankles and lower legs. But the rare fatalities that do occur are from the stinger entering your abdomen or chest, therefore harming the major organs in your body.
How to survive:
If you’ve been stung by a Stingray, the first important step is to rrigate the wound in the sea’s saltwater. Afterwards, exit the water and dry the wound. Re-immersing it in hot but not scalding water for about 30 minutes will help relieve the pain, as well as taking Bendryl to relieve the itching and swelling. Those who’ve been stung in the neck, chest, or abdomen, should NOT attempt removing any parts of the stinger, as this can cause further damage to the victim. Control the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound until professional medical help arrives.