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Stingray photobombs baby’s picture with matching expression

Going to an aquarium is a great way to learn about sea life and have a little fun at the same time. One grumpy baby ended up having an interesting meet and greet with a stingray in a recent adventure. In fact, it was such a hilarious experience, the mother of the child decided to take a photo. Once others saw the image, they had to share it. Eventually, the story went viral and looking at the photo, it’s easy to see why.

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Wendy Armstrong, from Workington, U.K, likes to frequent the Lake District Coast Aquarium when she has time off. Accompanying her are usually her two daughters, Aurora and Daisy. On their most recent visit, Armstrong “burst out laughing” at a ridiculous scene between a stingray and her 6-month-old daughter Daisy, according to SWNS.

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Armstrong reported to SWNS that Daisy would normally display a grumpy face, so when she saw the ray mimic her baby, she couldn’t miss the opportunity to snap a pic.

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It is definitely up there as one of our favorite pictures that we have of our kids,” Armstrong told SWNS. “I had my phone out, and when I saw they were both pulling the same miserable facial expression I burst out laughing and took a photo.

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It’s reported that Daisy has been a bit more light-hearted since the ordeal. “When she was that age, Daisy never used to smile that much which did slightly concern us, but thankfully she is much happier now,” Armstrong noted to SWNS.

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Incredible Stingray Facts

A lot of people might not be too familiar with what a stingray is, and how important they are. So, we thought we’d share some facts about stingrays!

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Stingrays are Carnivores.
They prey on animals that live on or under the sand, and eat about 65 different species each day!

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Stingrays Are Closely Related to Sharks.
Cartilaginous fish are fish that have a skeleton made of cartilage, rather than bone. All sharks, skates, and rays (e.g., the southern stingray) are cartilaginous fish. These fish all fall into the group of fish called the elasmobranchs.“[2] If you were wondering what type of sea creature a ray is, they’re basically flat sharks!

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A Stingray is Venomous.
We all remember when Steve Irwin sadly passed due to a stingray injury. While they look harmless, they can be quite dangerous. “Stingrays have venomous spines on their tails. If you accidentally step on a stingray, it may respond by thrusting its tail into your leg or foot. Venom and spine fragments can cause the wound to become infected.“[3]

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Stingrays are Ancient Creatures.
Fossil records of the first types of rays date as far back into history as the Lower Jurassic Period (about 150 million years ago).[4] There aren’t many bone remains since the majority of their body consists of cartilage, but teeth and tail barbs have been found among the fossils.

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Some Stingrays can Grow to be Massive!
While we normally think of a stingray as being small, some can grow to be incredibly large. The short-tailed stingray can reach 770 pounds in weight and grow up to 14 feet in length.[5]

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Sources

  1. Stingray photobombs baby’s picture with matching expression.” Fox Orlando. September 2021.
  2. “What Is a Cartilaginous Fish?” ThoughtCo. Jennifer Kennedy. August 13, 2017
  3. “Stingray Sting: What You Should Know.” Healthline. Ana Gotter. June 20, 2018.
  4. Skate & Ray FAQ.” Florida Museum.
  5. Short-tail stingray.” Wikipedia.
Jade Small
Freelance Writer
Jade is a freelance writer and content creator from South Africa with over 7 years experience writing and creating. She's also a proud single mom to a super 13 year old boy.
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