Stingray City, Grand Cayman

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Scuba divers interact with southern stingrays at Stingray City

Stingray City is a series of shallow sandbars found in the North Sound of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. It is a tourist attraction, where southern stingrays are found in abundance and visitors can pet and interact with the animals.

Location[edit]

Southern Stingrays passing each other at Stingray City Sandbar off of Grand Cayman Island

Stingray City is in the shallow waters of the northwest corner of Grand Cayman's North Sound. It is just inside a natural channel that passes through the barrier reef and consists of a string of sandbars crossing the North Sound from Morgan Harbour to Rum Point.

Swimming with the Stingrays.

History[edit]

It may be that stingrays began gathering in the area decades ago when fisherman returning from an excursion, navigated behind a reef into the sound, and cleaned their fish in the calm water of the shallows and sandbar area. The fish guts and squid were thrown overboard and the stingrays eventually congregated to feast on the discarded guts. Soon the stingrays associated the sound of a boat engine with food.[1] As this practice turned into a tradition, divers realized that the stingrays could be fed by hand.

Today, tour and excursion boats, along with private watercraft, gather at Stingray City in large numbers. Passengers disembark and enter the chest-high water to interact with the stingrays. The boats' proprietors bring along with them pails of chunked-up squid meat, which they dispense by hand to the animals, thus attracting dozens of the creatures to the feeding spot. Visitors can visit Stingray City and pet stingrays, while standing in only 3 feet of water.[1]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b "Stingray City | Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Vacation | Cayman Islands". Caymanislands.ky. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
Sources
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Coordinates: 19°22′33″N 81°18′17″W / 19.3757°N 81.3048°W / 19.3757; -81.3048