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#129277 - 11/07/06 11:50 PM Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays  
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Ok so with the recent sting ray attacks (Steve Irwin) should one concern him or herself with the rays attacking on a snorkel trip? How safe is it to snorkel with the nurse sharks and sting rays? Has there ever been any attacks on the island?

#129278 - 11/08/06 07:46 AM Re: Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays  
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Snorkeling is safer than walking downtown San Pedro dodging taxis. Just keep your fingers out of their mouths and there won't be a problem.

#129279 - 11/08/06 07:55 AM Re: Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays  
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JZB is right, you have a better chance of a meteor falling on your head than what happened to Steve Irwin.

#129280 - 11/08/06 08:18 AM Re: Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays  
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That said, it's best to avoid the rays with tats and piercings that hang around the corner of the reef with the moray eels.


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#129281 - 11/08/06 08:19 AM Re: Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays  
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Just be careful if you're walking in the water close to shore. Shuffle your feet. The rays are really hard to see. We darn near stepped on one in front of Ramon's, water wasn't very deep.

#129282 - 11/08/06 10:47 AM Re: Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays  
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you are making yourself NUTS! There's a reason we all love it here, and you will too. I promise smile Dont worry so much, just relax and let life happen around you, its a lot more fun on the island that way. Your excitement is intoxicating, but dont let yourself worry so much. You will find NFL, beer, women, wine, sting rays and all other manner of male entertainment to your liking.

san pedro is wonderful, and fun, and easy to be in.

stop worrying! you'll love it!

#129283 - 11/08/06 10:48 AM Re: Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays  
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I guess no one here read of the Grey Spotted Ray that jumped on the boat off Ft Lauderdale and stung the old guy in the heart....Took several weeks in the Hospital..Jumped right on the boat after him the man wasn't even in the water..
Dana


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#129284 - 11/08/06 10:53 AM Re: Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays  
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Dana, the article I read said the ray jumped in the boat and the old guy grabbed it and tried to get it back over the side. More plausible than the thing attacking him.


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#129285 - 11/08/06 10:56 AM Re: Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays  
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Stress is bad. Ambergris Caye is good. Stressing about Ambergris Caye is crazy. I'm with Lara on this one--you will have a blast, Scribe!! We were planning our second trip two days into our first one last year. 4 MORE SLEEPS!! laugh laugh


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#129286 - 11/08/06 11:02 AM Re: Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays  
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I hardly think that the ray deliberately jumped in the boat to attack the guy. Rays jump out of the water occassionaly to remove pesky parasites and remorays. This guy's boat was in the wrong place at the wrong time. My husband had been driving along in his boat when he was hit on the side of his leg by a flying squid. Just a fluke, I don't think the squid had it in for him.

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