A woman who was sunbathing on a boat was apparently killed when a stingray leapt out of the water and stuck her. She died after falling backwards and suffering head trauma. Says CBS 4:
Initial reports had indicated that the animal’s sharp defensive barb, located near the base of its tail, had lodged in the woman’s neck. Those reports turned out to be unfounded.
The woman, who was from Pigeon, Michigan, died before help could arrive. She was aboard a rented boat with her sister, father, and mother. They were on vacation.
“It’s a common behavior for Eagles Rays to go ‘aerial’, or breach the surface,” said Robert Rose, a curator with the Miami Seaquarium. “There are many reasons why they do it. They could be fleeing a predator or trying to dislodge a parasite.”
What? This poor woman, who was just trying to get a nice tan on vacay in Florida, was the victim of sea creature skittishness? Think of the all the vacationers who’ll now be too horrified to sun themselves on a pleasure craft for fear of being assaulted by an aerial stingray. One of these horrific creatures already robbed us of beloved “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. The solution is clear: EXTERMINATE ALL STINGRAYS!
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