“Stingrays don’t bite,” I remember the dive master saying before my Stingray City dive. “But they might give you a hickey.”
My dive buddy took the squid for feeding the rays, at my insistence. I was a little nervous and respectful of these majestic creatures, so I decided I wouldn’t touch them. Little did I know what was about to happen!
A top 3 kind of dive
Before our harrowing adventure in Grand Cayman, we managed to squeeze in some diving. Stingray City is still one of my all time favorite dives! It is an awesome, shallow dive with incredible creatures. It is also a fantastic snorkeling experience, for those who aren’t scuba certified. Divers feed the rays. In turn, the rays swarm the divers, giving an excellent view to those above.
Once in the water, all the divers sank to the sandy bottom, purposely heavy. The snorkelers circled above. Immediately, a ginormous stingray came up to me, looking for food. She sucked on my arm and it was so painful. Quickly, I pushed her off of me, while marveling at her tremendous strength and graceful beauty. So much for not touching the rays! The rays swam close, used to the human interaction. While diving, one normally doesn’t get to be so close to rays. They are usually “flying” away from you. Not only did I touch one immediately, I ended up touching many of them. They swarm, looking for food the easy way. Rays are strong and will run into you.
Stingrays don’t bite, but they will GIVE you a hickey
I didn’t feed the rays, content with my interesting and somewhat painful experiences with the amazing creatures. Once we surfaced, I discovered that others had also received “hickies” from the rays. One guy was bleeding! Mine broke the skin, but it wasn’t bloody.
If you are planning on doing this experience, please remember that stingrays are wild creatures and not tame, even though they seem to be. Stay calm. The rays will swim to you and push you around quite a bit. The smaller the ray, the bigger the possibility that she’s a wildcard. The larger rays are older and wiser.
What’s your coolest ocean creature experience? Have you been diving with stingrays?
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