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Stingrays technically flattened sharks that have taken to the bottom to feed on shellfish. There teeth are also flattened to crush shellfish rather than cut them. Stingrays swim by the motion of their large pectoral fins which are commonly mistaken for 'wings'. Their stinger is a razor sharp barb which grows from the ray's whip-like tail and can grow as long as 37cm.

On the underside of the spine are two grooves containing venom. Then the entire tail is covered with a think layer of skin. Stingrays generally do not attack aggressiely or even actively defend themselves.

They will usually swim away. They are extremely dosil creatures. However when attacked by predators or stepped on the barbed stinger in there tail is whipped. Depending on the size of the stingray, humans are usually stung in the foot region. It is very unlikely to be stung by brushing against a stinger. Being stung by a Stingray is not serious unless stung on the torso but would require medical attention.There are a few types common stingrays around the Whitsunday's and you will often see them while visiting the beautiful Whitehaven beach.

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