Posted May 19th, 2004, 07:35 AM
If I may chime in for a moment I wanted to comment on the sting rays. I went to Grand Cayman, did the Sting Ray City thing and absolutely loved it.
I noticed that some had commented about being told (when in Florida) to avoid them at all costs, thereby making it difficult to accept getting in the water w/them.
One important point to keep in mind, however, is that these sting rays are 'different' that those in other areas. While it's true they are free ranging at Sting Ray City (there is nothing to keep them there) they have been conditioned over the years of human contact so to speak. They originally started gathering there because fisherman threw their scraps there on the way back in. They grew accustomed to a free meal. Then, as it was made a touristy thing, they became used to human presence in the water, and equate it with food - bits of squid, etc. They brought their offspring there, enforcing the 'normalcy' of human presence. You could almost call them tame - you can actually hold them if you like. The tour guides give you bits of food and tell you how to offer it - by holding it under the stingray (where its mouth is) so that it can suck the food up like a vacuum hose. The only caution the guide gives is to not step on them (water at the sandbar is only about 4 feet high). Pretty easy advice to follow.
Some, as the OP mentioned do not enjoy the experience. But most do, and I found it to be one of the best parts of my cruise last year.
Just my opinion, Cindy
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