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Stingray Migration Gulf of Mexico #389199
10/05/10 07:48 AM
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Stingray Migration Gulf of Mexico

Sandra Critelli, the photographer, stumbled across the phenomenon while looking for whale sharks.
She said: 'It was an unreal image, very difficult to describe. The surface of the water was covered by warm and different shades of gold and looked like a bed of autumn leaves gently moved by the wind.

'It's hard to say exactly how many there were, but in the range of a few thousand'

'We were surrounded by them without seeing the edge of the school and we could see many under the water surface too. I feel very fortunate I was there in the right place at the right time to experience nature at its best'
Measuring up to 7ft (2.1 meters) from wing-tip to wing-tip, Golden rays are also more prosaically known as cow nose rays.

They have long, pointed pectoral fins that separate into two lobes in front of their high-domed heads and give them a cow-like appearance. Despite having poisonous stingers, they are known to be shy and non-threatening when in large schools.

The population in the Gulf of Mexico migrates, in schools of as many as 10,000, clockwise from western Florida to the Yucatan .

oh yeah..... she has some fabulous bird and creature pics too

some CRAZY great white shark pics

and amazing golden ray migration pics
Re: Stingray Migration Gulf of Mexico [Re: Marty] #389202
10/05/10 08:09 AM
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These are awesome photos!! These look like spotted eagle rays without the spots...same shape....

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Re: Stingray Migration Gulf of Mexico [Re: shuffles] #389216
10/05/10 08:39 AM
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WOW! Right time, right place!

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Re: Stingray Migration Gulf of Mexico [Re: Marty] #389224
10/05/10 08:58 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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check out the great white pics too. yikes!

Re: Stingray Migration Gulf of Mexico [Re: Marty] #389227
10/05/10 09:27 AM
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Incredible images! Never knew this was happenning in the gulf!

Re: Stingray Migration Gulf of Mexico [Re: AJ Baxter] #389234
10/05/10 11:18 AM
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Marty - new images, meaning she did it again????

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Re: Stingray Migration Gulf of Mexico [Re: Marty] #389235
10/05/10 11:41 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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these are the same as before KLC, a link to these were first posted a couple years ago....

Re: Stingray Migration Gulf of Mexico [Re: Marty] #389247
10/05/10 03:18 PM
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Wow, very exciting to see that many Cownose rays at once. Have seen them grouped together but at the most about 1 doz.

Re: Stingray Migration Gulf of Mexico [Re: Marty] #389260
10/05/10 05:41 PM
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I thought the pics looked familiar, amazing none the less. Thanks! I've come across some beautiful sights quite by chance while out on the water, whether it be the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, or waters of Belize!

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