Grand Cayman’s Famous Stingrays – Trailer

In the shallow, turquoise clear waters of
Grand Cayman’s North Sound, dozens of wild southern stingrays glide effortlessly through
the sea. These southern rays are very, very important
to the Cayman Islands from an ecotourism perspective. Tourists from all over the world come to the
site to interact with the animals. You don’t get that experience anywhere else
in the world. It’s the number one water sports attraction
on the island. It’s a hundred foot vis, it’s generally
calm and the animals are very conditioned. Thousands of people each year visit the iconic
stingrays of Grand Cayman, and for more than a decade, researchers have been studying the
animals. Among other things, they want to find out
what impact human interaction might have on the fish. From boat fuel, sunscreen, people eliminating
in the water, all of the different types of things that they’re exposed to at the sandbar
in really high concentrations could certainly be very detrimental to them long term. Because the numbers of people that are visiting
the sandbar just grow and grow every year. The animals have a wretched time when there’s
too many people there. They become very flighty, they keep moving
all the time, they stay on the perimeter of the sandbar and don’t interact. So it’s a double edged sword – how much
is too much? This is our national treasure. Why not enjoy it, you know? But don’t abuse it. Our concern is first and foremost the welfare
of the rays. Secondarily, obviously very importantly the
experience of the visitors to our islands, and we probably have a million people a year
who visit the stingray. So, it is clearly something that is extremely
important to us, but it is equally important that we get the balance right.

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  1. Join WPBT2 for a free screening of "Grand Cayman's Famous Stingrays" at Nova's Southeastern University's The Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center building on July 29th as part of NSU's Holmes College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Dive-In Summer Film Series.  Seating is limited. For more information, call 954-262-3678. You can also visit WPBT2's Facebook page for additional screening dates of other Changing Seas programs.

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