Here are a couple videos of stingrays. That’s right… stingrays. The baby stingrays in this first video have translucent skin which allows you to partially see the internal organs and features of this species of stingrays. The first 30 seconds are ho-hum. A couple of stingrays skimming the bottom of the tank. But wait until the 30 second mark – when the first of the two start swimming up and you have a clear view of the underbelly.
Look familiar? Just watch them dance.
Dancing baby stingray
Maybe you have seen this before, but I most certainly have not – and I find it utterly amazing! In the middle of the body are what appears to be it’s organs. But the very outer edge of it’s organs on both sides looks like it has two leg-like appendages, but have not evolved away as of yet.
Then I may be completely off base and those are not legs – or arms – but are some type of appendage, anyway. Regardless, this species of stingray, which I am unable to find more information, has two “legs” that I was completely unaware of. Then you add in the eyes and mouth, and it almost looks as though it is some sort of amphibian-humanoid which may have been the early creatures which eventually left the ocean for land.
Stingray Gives Birth On Land After Being Caught By Fisherman
In this next video, you will actually watch a stingray give birth. But I will forewarn you – you may find the scenario offensive. But think about this logically. A man was fishing off his pier and caught a stingray. If you have ever been salt-water or deep-water fishing, it happens. There are also fresh-water stingrays, but salt-water is much more commonly caught. I have caught one myself when I was young and fishing with my father off of a pier in Florida. We cut the line and put it back in the water and off it went.
I imagine that was the plan of this man – then suddenly, he realized the stingray was giving birth! My initial reaction was not unlike many other reactions and comments on this video… when the guy saw it was giving birth, why didn’t he immediately put her back in the water? Then I really started to think about it. Would I have immediately thrown it back in? Or would I continue completely fascinated by watching the birth. To be perfectly honest… I would have continued filming, too. Although I wouldn’t have waited as long as this dude did to put them back in the water. This would be a once-in-a-lifetime event to witness – and by pure happenstance.
If you do not want to watch the entire video, as it gets very boring as he sets the camera down. But he does eventually return them all, mother and babies, back to the water. When watching, remember that those two protrusions on either side of the tail are the leg-like appendages. Then when giving birth – remarkably resembles a woman giving birth.
Am I trying to say that we evolved from the stingray? Absolutely not. Look at the evolutionary value here. Many types of sea life have developed appendages to help them survive – as life truly is “survival of the fittest.” But when I saw these legs, my jaw dropped. We are all tied together by continuing backwards in time – reversing the evolutionary timeline until we return to the point where sea creatures, for whatever survival reason, crawled out of the water and survived.
Then they eventually walked.
And eventually danced (someone’s Photoshop joke of the dancing baby stingray):
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Dancing baby skates, a classic viral video
Is it their little pink faces or their little wiggling “feet” that make babyskates so phenomenal to watch? These little guys were filmed in 2010 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon.
Spoiler: Alas, those are pelvic fins, not tiny, dancing feet. This video clip went viral with these creatures labeled as baby stingrays, but skates are only closely related in the class Chondrichthyes, specifically the subclass Elasmobranchii, which includes the sharks and the rays and skates. More from Wikipedia:
Skates are like stingrays in that they have five pairs of gill slits that are located ventrally, which means on the underside of their body (unlike sharks that have their gills located on their sides). Skates and rays both have pectoral fins that are flat and expanded, which are typically fused to the head. Both skates and stingrays typically have their eyes on top of their head. Skates also share similar feeding habits with rays.
Skates are different from rays in that they lack a whip-like tail and stinging spines. However, some skates have electric organs located in their tail. The main difference between skates and rays is that skates lay eggs, whereas rays give birth to live young.
Moreover, skates can be more abundant than rays, and are fished for food in some parts of the world.
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- Average Life Span In The Wild:
- 15 to 25 years
- Up to 6.5 feet
- Up to 790 pounds
Stingrays have broad fins that run the full length of their bodies, giving them a flat, roundish shape. To swim, some stingrays move their whole bodies in a wavy motion that propels them through the water. Other species flap their fins like bird wings and "fly" through the water.
Stingrays have tails that are armed for defense. Some kinds of stingrays have a spine in their tail with a very sharp point and edges that are serrated or notched.
Many species, including the exotic-looking blue-spotted stingray, have venom that is delivered through their tails. That venom, and the spine itself, can be dangerous to humans. Stingrays prefer shallow, near-shore waters in warm parts of the world. Here, they spend most of their time lying partially buried on the ocean floor hiding from predators, like sharks, or waiting for prey to swim by. Their colors usually match the mud or sand they hide in. While a stingray's mouth is on the underside of its body, along with its nostrils and gill slits, its eyes are on the top. Scientists don't think they use their eyes for hunting very much though. Instead, they use special sensors called ampullae of Lorenzini, which can detect the tiny electrical charges emitted by their prey.
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Prey for stingrays includes clams, oysters, shrimps, crabs, and mussels. When they find dinner, stingrays crush their meal using strong jaws. Generally, female stingrays give birth once a year. They usually have two to six young at a time. While a baby stingray is still inside its mother, it grows to be quite large and developed so that when it's born, it looks like a little adult. From birth, the young stingray is able to fend for itself.
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