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Extraordinary catch: Fishermen pull huge poisonous rays out of the sea

2023-10-04T06:12:08.973Z

Highlights: Extraordinary catch: Fishermen pull huge poisonous rays out of the sea. The ray is rare in the waters off Long Island. Then they release him again. The catch was part of the so-called Long Island Sound Trawl Survey. Predatory fish is appearing more and more frequently in Long Island Sounds.Warmer seas due to climate change could be responsible for migrations of the predatory fish, experts say. The predatory fish is found in many places in the Atlantic, according to Connecticut Fish and Wildlife.



Status: 04.10.2023, 07:55 a.m.

By: Martina Lippl

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200-kilo ray is a stingray of the genus Bathytosia centroura. An exceptional catch for the fishermen. © Screenshot Facebook/ Connecticut Fish and Wildlife

Fishermen have pulled a "gentle giant" out of the water. The ray is rare in the waters off Long Island. Then they release him again.

New York – It is a huge specimen and rare off the coast of Long Island (USA). A giant stingray (Bathytosia centroura) has been caught by fishermen from Connecticut Fish and Wildlife during a stock inspection.

The team reports on Facebook about this extraordinary find. Photos show the enormous stingray with its poisonous sting. The animal weighed almost 200 kilograms and was over 1.5 meters wide and 1.83 meters long.

Fishermen pull 200-kilo stingrays out of the sea

"Notice that the ray in the picture is lying on its back, with the light 'belly side' facing up," the crew writes on Facebook to the post. Instead of turning the ray over, the team quickly took some measurements and then immediately let it back into the water "to see how it swam away alive and healthy." This fate has already befallen a giant octopus.

It's an extraordinary catch, because these "gentle giants" are relatively rare in Long Island Sound off the coast of the US states of New York and Connecticut, according to the crew. Giant stingrays are usually found along the Atlantic coast from New England to Florida.

This giant stingray is not "aggressive and does not stay in coastal waters where people wade and swim," the marine experts emphasize. Even if this species, like all rays, has a poisonous sting in its tail.

"Wonderful creature" – comments on Facebook full of praise

The fact that a huge stingray was discovered in the sea off the coast of the state of New York hardly seems to frighten most. On the contrary. In the comments, users praise the action of Connecticut Fish and Wildlife.

"Thank you for releasing this wonderful creature. You're definitely some of the good guys," it reads. Or also: "Thank you for releasing it. They are such beautiful beings." Some are simply impressed by the size. Comment on the post with "fascinating", "woow" or "holy mom!!!".

Long Island Sound is located off the coast of the U.S. states of New York and Connecticut. © Screenshot Google Maps

Unusual: Predatory fish is appearing more and more frequently in Long Island Sounds

In addition to the giant stingray, however, the crew reports a second "remarkable catch". In this case, it was a cobia (Rachycentron canadum). According to the wildlife experts, this predatory fish can reach a size of over 1.80 meters and a weight of more than 300 kilograms.

Cobia – also known as officer's fish, continues to spread. The predatory fish is now a frequent visitor to Long Island Sound (Connecticut). © Screenshot Facebook/Connecticut Fish and Wildlife

Warmer seas due to climate change could be responsible for migrations

According to the specialist portal fischlexikon.eu, the cobia – a popular fishing and edible fish – is also known as officer perch, lemonfish or black kingfish.

The predatory fish is found in many places in the Atlantic, according to Connecticut Fish and Wildlife. In the past, the Cobia would have been observed most frequently south of the Chesapeake Bay (Delaware/Maryland).

"However, with the warming of New England's waters due to climate change, this species has become an increasingly common visitor to Long Island Sound," the organization explains in its post. The catch was part of the so-called Long Island Sound Trawl Survey, in which the fish population in the sounds is regularly examined and documented.

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