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Jan. 4th, 2014

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So the reason that calves love* Peach Teats is apparently because they have a special valve that allows the milk to flow evenly, so the calf gets a drink without being choked. Also, they apparently feel like cow teats. Although I'm not convinced of this one - maybe it's that they feel more like cow teats than the other ones. Peaches have nothing to do with it, except the colour.

Anyway, have a video of me feeding a stingray:



That's Stumpy. He's got no sting because some arsehole cut it off. This is a fairly common thing when stingrays are caught by fishers - they cut the sting off and throw them back. It does mean I could safely pat him without becoming a Steve Irwin, but it's also somewhat akin to throwing a shark back after cutting off its dorsal fin. Anyway, Stumpy seems to have found somewhere safe to hang out, and has successfully become the biggest stingray I've ever seen, never mind patted.

Here's his mate Stingy:



I didn't pat Stingy, since he still has his sting, but he was just as friendly. There was a third, smaller ray hanging round too, but that one didn't get much of a look in with the two big ones around.

Did I mention this holiday was quite cool?

* This is a bit of a claim, I wouldn't like to try and prove it to be honest. It might be more accurate to say "Peach Teats - Calves are easier to train to them" but I can see why they made it a bit more snappy.

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From:fbhjr
Date:January 4th, 2014 02:15 am (UTC)
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That is a huge ray!
Very cool you got to feed them that way too!
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From:tatjna
Date:January 4th, 2014 02:18 am (UTC)

Seriously.

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I've seen lots of rays before, and once came across a manta that would have been about six feet across. But these were by far the biggest stingies I've ever seen. I guess scrounging fish off tourists is a good living! ;-)
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From:nessainwe
Date:January 4th, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
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This is very cool!
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From:tatjna
Date:January 4th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
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I was stoked to get the chance! ;-)
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From:adam_0oo
Date:January 4th, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
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It is like a giant living carpet! Actually, I read a sci fi story about an alien invasive species of flying carpet seeming animal that was really hard to fight, because it was light shooting a carpet with a gun, THEY HAVE NO MAJOR ORGANS.

How do the stingers even sting? Is it like a scorpion tail?
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From:tatjna
Date:January 4th, 2014 04:29 am (UTC)
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Kind of. They become erect when the ray raises its tail to defend itself, then the whipping action embeds them. This article has some good info.

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From:meri_sielu
Date:January 4th, 2014 11:57 am (UTC)
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Awww those rays are so beautiful and lovely! I can't imagine cutting their stings off, that leaves them with no way to defend themselves in the wild, it just seems so needlessly barbaric. :(
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From:tatjna
Date:January 4th, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
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There are enough of them around that it seems at least some survive the process, but I've never understood the mentality behind inflicting unnecessary suffering on an animal that you're likely never to see again.
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From:guaparella
Date:January 4th, 2014 06:29 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful rays. Sad that people do this to animals.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 4th, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
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They really are lovely. I prefer mantas, but my chances of patting one of them are pretty much zero.
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:January 4th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
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Any holidays that involve patting stingrays have to be pretty awesome!
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From:tatjna
Date:January 4th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
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I reckon! ;-D
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From:zoefruitcake
Date:January 6th, 2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
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wow, how cool?!

I love stingrays, I've stroked a few over the years
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From:tatjna
Date:January 7th, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
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This was my first every stingray patting session. I expected it to feel like a shark, but it was quite a lot slimier. Hmm..
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From:rivet
Date:January 9th, 2014 10:07 am (UTC)
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Thanks for clearing up the Peach Teats thing. I've always wondered...
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From:tatjna
Date:January 9th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
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It was tieke who wondered out loud, and then suggested we do a poll so we can find out how many people actually thought the teats were peach flavoured! ;-D
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From:pundigrion
Date:January 15th, 2014 03:07 pm (UTC)
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Awwww, friendly sting rays! SO cute. (Shame about the jerks injuring them though!)

I've petted bat rays. Such characters! They felt like wet velvet to me.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 15th, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
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Yep, wet velvet sounds like a good description. ;-)
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