Author: Hayden Faaborg
Have you ever wondered why stingrays sting humans and animals? Well I know I have, and stingrays sting for a couple of reasons, but there is one main reason. The main reason stingrays sting is because it is for self defense. If a stingray feels threatened by a human or animal it will sting to protect itself. Also if a predator of stingrays such as, sharks, earless seal, or a sea lion tries to attack it they will immediately sting. Stingrays have venom in their tails. Usually instead of stinging, a stingray will just swim away, but if it feels threatened or it is stepped on it will sting. Stingers on a stingray are on the tail, but not all stingrays have a stinger.
If you ever see a stingray do not be alarmed because they will not cause any harm to you if you do not cause harm to them. They will most likely just swim away, but sometimes they will not. Just try not to step on them and they will not sting you. Even if their tails brushes up against you, you will be okay. This does not mean go up and pet a stingray next time you are at the beach, but you do not need to be alarmed by them.