Stingrays are one of the most beautiful and majestic animals in the entire ocean, and are truly a site to be seen. These South Atlantic rays look intimidating at first, but are actually gentle giants that glide gracefully along the sea floor, looking for crustaceans to eat. Although Steve Erwin’s death has caused public perception of these rays to enter a more negative light, there are many different types of stingrays, meaning that not all are dangerous. For example, stingray city Grand Cayman is home to dozens of rays that are handled by people every day, and there are very rarely any problems. These rays are able to be domesticated by food, and once domesticated, pose no threat to the average swimmer.
These rays enjoy eating crustaceans off the sea floor as their primary food source, such as crabs, however, they will eat almost anything that they are fed, such as squid. Many people have certain ideas about what stingrays act like in the wild, however, they tend to be much calmer than the majority of people expect. The key to handling rays is to make slow movements, and not to stand on them! Most people are scared to get close to stingrays at first, but as time goes on, they realize that stingrays are not dangerous.
Apart from rays, there is another famous ocean spectacle that is makes for great viewing. Cayman Islands bioluminescence tours are a phenomenal way to spend time with your family and friends. Bioluminescence is the amazing process where living organisms emit light. There is a wide variety of different organisms that display bioluminescence, but the most famous in Cayman is dinoflagellates.
Millions of these tiny dinoflagellates will illuminate to create a light show that you have to see in person to believe. At first, looking across the bio bay, nothing appears out of the ordinary, but when you move the water, light is given off that makes for a spectacular experience.
Both George’s Watersports Cayman and bioluminescence are a once in a life time opportunities that should not be missed. These animals make their home in very few places worldwide, thus it would be a shame to miss the chance to see them since it is unlikely you would ever see them again!
There are many different companies that can take you to see these stingrays, but make sure you choose wisely because they are not all equal!