One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bottom-dwelling marine ray with a flattened diamond-shaped body and a long poisonous serrated spine at the base of the tail.
Families Dasyatidae (the long-tailed stingrays) and Urolophidae (the short-tailed stingrays): several species, including the long-tailed common stingray (Dasyatis centrourus)
- ‘‘We do find dead stingrays with their tails cut off from time to time,’ he added.’
- ‘In Australia, bottlenose dolphins place sponges over their snouts as protection from the spines of stonefish and stingrays as they forage over shallow seabeds.’
- ‘Experience in Queensland has shown that some turtles unfortunately also tend to take the bait, but dolphins and stingrays do not.’
- ‘Over the week they were rewarded by the sight of slumbering nurse sharks, moray eels, hawksbill turtles, stingrays, bounteous barracuda, big solitary midnight parrotfish and African pompano.’
- ‘There were plenty of turtles, huge infestations of purple spotted stingrays and some large manta rays.’
- ‘Eleven of these are of the shark variety, who live in blissful harmony with stingrays, thornback rays, conger eels and dogfish, to name but a few.’
- ‘Where the boulders meet the sand there are many fish species, including stingrays, parrotfish and pufferfish.’
- ‘The freshwater sawfish, a ray, is related to stingrays, skates, sharks, and other fishes with cartilaginous skeletons.’
- ‘The scientist stresses that stingrays only use their venom-tipped tails in extreme circumstances, and even then as a defensive reflex rather than as an attack.’
- ‘Too far from both Mahe and Praslin for land based operations to visit, they harbour an impressive diversity of marine life, including stingrays and reef sharks.’
- ‘Here you can swim among stingrays and nurse sharks in shallow, 8-to-10-feet-deep waters.’
- ‘It included many living groups: stingrays, lungfish, pirarucu, piranha, goliath catfishes, some electric fishes, and cichlids.’
- ‘At the bow end, there is a large garden-eel colony, and off the shallower stern you will find southern stingrays and spotted eagle rays.’
- ‘We see grey nurse sharks and stingrays and dolphins are a common sight in the bay.’
- ‘People and uprooted trees were carried out to sea, while stingrays and sharks were left stranded in fields and parking lots.’
- ‘I felt like Alice through the looking glass, enjoying the sublime sea's surreal realm, a marine dominion ruled by stingrays, dolphins, Napoleons, moray eels.’
- ‘The hazards facing them include snakes, poisonous fish and fruit, reef sharks, moray eels, stingrays, fire coral, mosquitoes, bats, fire ants, rats and wild pigs.’
- ‘The southern stingrays of Stingray City in the Cayman Islands might be soft and gentle, for example, but even they can leave a nasty love-bite on the arm of anyone who doesn't appreciate how persistently they pursue a meal.’
- ‘Resting on the sand are stingrays, electric rays, frogfish and the docile Port Jackson shark.’
- ‘The most dangerous part of a stingray is the tail with the rather nasty serrated barb.’
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