An article recently in the Gulf News was warning swimmers of the current stingray threat in the waters of the Arabian Gulf, off Dubai. It suggested the longing for warmth was bringing the rays in close.
The threat may also relate to the waters of the eastern coastline. Spotting this article reminded me of a visit along the Kalba beach last week. We saw a huge number of stingrays that had been netted by fishermen and left unwanted on the beach, along with some porcupine fish.
I took some pictures (below) of the stingrays. They are white underneath and brown on top which serves as a camouflage against the sandy bottom. These rays were all small, about the size of a breakfast plate.
Helpful advice about avoiding stingrays is in the Gulf News article:
Emmanuelle Landais, ‘Swimmers Warned of Stingray Threat’, Gulf News, 31 October 2007.
Image: Stingrays on Kalba beach last week.