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Saturday, February 14, 2009

February 14th -A day of showing you care.

In the midst of all the tragedy in Australia, the loss of human and animal life I received this email. I thought it appropriate for my blog today being a day of expressing your feelings for those you care about. I'm turning my attention to the beauty of nature and how much I love and respect what Mother Nature does for us each day and I'm always in awe of the new things I learn about her. I hope you enjoy this, it is truly magnificent.

Mass Migration of  Stingrays

Looking like giant leaves floating in the sea, thousands of Golden Rays are seen here gathering off the coast of Mexico . The spectacular scene was captured as the magnificent creatures made one of their biannual mass migrations to more agreeable waters.

Gliding silently beneath the waves, they turned vast areas of blue water to gold off the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula . Sandra Critelli, an amateur photographer, stumbled  across the phenomenon while looking for whale sharks.

She said: 'It was an unreal image, very difficult to describe. The surface of the water was covered by warm and different shades of gold and looked like a bed of autumn leaves gently moved by the wind.

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'It's hard to say exactly how many there were, but in the range of a few thousand'

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'We were surrounded by them without seeing the edge of the school and we could see many under the water surface too. I feel very fortunate I was there in the right place at the right time to experience nature at its best'

Measuring up to 7ft (2.1 meters) from wing-tip to wing-tip, Golden rays are also more prosaically known as cow nose rays.

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They have long, pointed pectoral fins that separate into two lobes in front of their high-domed heads and give them a cow-like appearance. Despite having poisonous stingers, they are known to be shy and non-threatening when in large schools.

The population in the Gulf of Mexico migrates, in schools of as many as 10,000, clockwise from western Florida to the Yucatan .

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4 comments:

  1. AWESOME pictures, Ro!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  2. Is this real?!?! I can't believe this. Its amazing.

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  3. Hi Serena, Aren't they amazing...and hi to you to Kastina. This is a real event and isn't it something. I would love to have been the person who experienced that...Kastina, I see to, that we are both Leo's.... ;o))

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  4. Wow, the stingrays pics are amazing what a beautiful experience it would be to be there.
    thanks for sharing

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