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Stingray Is Pregnant, and Suspicious Eyes Turn to a Shark

North Carolina aquarium, which has no male rays, also floats a more scientific possibility

(Newser) - A North Carolina aquarium has announced the pregnancy of one of its stringrays, but there's a twist. "We have no male ray," writes the Aquarium and Shark Lab by Team Ecco in Hendersonville. Two possible explanations are now in play, one of them scientific and the other...

It's the Biggest Freshwater Fish Ever Recorded

Giant stingray in Cambodia weighs in at 661 pounds

(Newser) - Researchers say they've encountered the largest freshwater fish ever documented—a giant stingray stretching 13 feet long, more than 7 feet wide, and weighing some 661 pounds. "In 20 years of researching giant fish in rivers and lakes on six continents, this is the largest freshwater fish that...

Stingrays Injure 500 in California
Stingrays Injure
500 in California

Stingrays Injure 500 in California

An unpleasant surprise at 4 local beaches over Labor Day weekend

(Newser) - Hundreds of beachgoers saw out the unofficial end of summer with sand, surf, and stings. That's the report from four local beaches in Southern California, where 500 or so visitors suffered injuries over Labor Day weekend when stingrays went on the attack. The Orange County Register puts the number...

Australia Hit by Yet Another Beach Tragedy

Swimmer dies of heart attack after being stung by stingray

(Newser) - A swimmer in Australia has died of a heart attack after he was stung by a stingray, reports the AP . Police say the 42-year-old man went into cardiac arrest on Saturday at Lauderdale Beach, east of Hobart in Tasmania, after he suffered a puncture wound close to shore. "He...

These Stingrays Can Be 8 Feet Wide, Are Turning Up Dead

Officials blame wastewater leak at ethanol plant

(Newser) - Picture a stingray. Is it 8 feet wide? Didn't think so, but that's the incredible size the giant freshwater stingray can grow to. Less incredible: More than 70 of the endangered fish have turned up dead in Thailand's Mae Klong River in recent weeks, reports National Geographic...

Stingray Kills Aquarium Worker
Stingray Kills

Stingray Kills Aquarium Worker

Philip Chan, 62, was helping transfer Singapore sea creatures to new homes

(Newser) - In what police are calling the first death of its kind in Singapore, a longtime professional diver was killed by a stingray Tuesday at a shuttered aquarium, the BBC and Reuters report. Philip Chan, 62, who'd worked at Underwater World since it opened its doors in 1991, was the...

Chicago Zoo Accidentally Kills 54 Stingrays

Animals in shallow pool died from low oxygen levels

(Newser) - Officials say all 54 stingrays in a popular exhibit at a suburban Chicago zoo died because the oxygen levels in their tank dropped too low. The Chicago Zoological Society says the four southern stingrays and 50 cow-nose rays in the Brookfield Zoo exhibit were in a shallow pool that allows...

Inside Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's Last Moments

Cameraman says Irwin was stabbed 'hundreds' of times in seconds

(Newser) - Cameraman Justin Lyons was with Steve Irwin when the "Crocodile Hunter" was fatally stabbed by a stingray in 2006, and now he's speaking about the tragic experience publicly for the first time. They had just about finished filming in the Great Barrier Reef on September 4, but needed...

Diana Nyad Quits Epic Swim Attempt
 Nyad Quits Epic Swim Attempt 

Nyad Quits Epic Swim Attempt

Another man 'o war sting could prove fatal, docs warn

(Newser) - Endurance athlete Diana Nyad has decided to end her swimming ultramarathon from Cuba to Florida about halfway through, as her face and body grew swollen from painful man o' war stings. Medics warned another sting could be life-threatening. Nyad team member Vanessa Linsley said the swimmer was disappointed and emotional....

300-Pound Ray Slams Woman in Boat

Fla. tourist survives bodyslam without a scratch

(Newser) - An Illinois woman ended up a lot closer to nature than planned during a sightseeing trip in the Florida Keys when an eagle ray leaped right into her tour boat, pinning her to the floor. "It happened so fast, in a split second," Jenny Hausch, who had been...

Stingray Kills Boater off Fla. Keys

Creature leaps onto the deck in freak accident

(Newser) - A stingray leapt out of the water and struck a 55-year-old Michigan woman who was sunbathing on the deck of a boat off the Florida Keys yesterday, CNN reports. The woman, who was with her husband and children, was knocked to the ground and pronounced dead at a local hospital....

'Croc Hunter' Knew He'd Die Young, Widow Says

Wife says Irwin had 'a real sixth sense'

(Newser) - Plucky Australian crocodile hunter Steve Irwin always had premonitions of an early death, his widow Terri says, adding that her husband “had a real sixth sense." She's writing a book about her life with the daredevil naturalist, who died at age 44 when a stingray’s barb pierced...

Crikey! Croc Hunter Honored With Reserve

Aussies buy $6M land to pay tribute to Irwin's conservation legacy

(Newser) - The late croc hunter Steve Irwin will be remembered with a new wildlife reserve in the Australian Outback established in his honor, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The 135,000 hectares filled with endangered animals and dotted by fragile ecosystems, purchased by the government for $6 million, will be managed...

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