Wolfgang

Wolfgang

Posted on 05/09/2012


Photo taken on November 25, 2009


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Similan islands


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Diving at the Similan islands

Blue pointed sting ray

Blue pointed sting ray 

Stingrays are usually very docile and curious, their usual reaction being to flee any disturbance, but they will sometimes brush their fins past any new object they encounter. Nevertheless, certain larger species may be more aggressive and should be approached with caution, as the stingray's defensive reflex (use of its poisoned stinger) may result in serious injury or death.
We do encounter the sting ray with respect and alway looking down to the ground when we touch the sand.


The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has assessed the bluespotted ribbontail ray as Near Threatened. Although still relatively common and widely distributed, this species faces continuing degradation of its coral reef habitat throughout its range, from development and destructive fishing practices using cyanide or dynamite. In addition, its populations are under heavy pressure by artisanal and commercial fisheries, and by local collecting for the aquarium trade.

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