Cownose stingrays at Patriots Point

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Everyday I walk down the pier to the Yorktown I see wildlife and sealife…usually it’s channel bass, blue crabs, brown pelicans, ospreys, sea gulls, herons (great and white)

Channel bass, aka red drum, red fish, spot tail bass

Blue crab

Brown pelican

Osprey aka seahawk

Seagull

Great white heron

…but sometimes there are the different looking ones like alligators, manatees, otters, horseshoe crabs and this week’s special the cownose stingray…

American alligator

Manatee

Otters

Horseshoe crab

Cownose stingray school at Patriots Point.

I grew up in the South Carolina Lowcountry and I don’t ever recall seeing these schools of stingrays before. I had to do some research to learn about them. A great site to learn more about them is at the Florida Museum of Natural History website.  They migrate long distances in the ocean in very large schools, see images below…

Cownose migration

Read more about their migrations here…

It will be interesting to see how long they remain here this summer, 3 weeks and counting now…I hope they don’t deplete our oyster and clam populations…

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