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Stingray!! Normans Bay - 22nd August 23

Stingray Normans Bay

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Thomas Messum caught this nice sized stingray yesterday off the beach at Normans Bay, on sandeel bait.
Apparently landing this unusual catch caused quite a stir on the beach! Thanks to mum Carol Anne for sending.
'The stingray shape is similar to other rays, but they are easily identified by their long whip-like tail, with one, two, or even sometimes three spines on it. The spines (stings) can be up to eight inches long, but normally average between three and five inches. The tissue lining of each stinger is ladened with poison. The ray uses its tail, in a scorpion fashion, bringing it forwards over the body. If a person gets stabbed, it can inflict a serious wound that will need immediate hospital attention... The best way... is to place a large towel over the tail, this will stop the ray from whipping its tail'
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