Rare video shows Cownose Rays foraging for food in Fort De Soto

Pinellas County

It’s a rare sight to see caught on camera.

This ray video is unusual because most Cownose Ray footage just shows a group of rays swimming.

Outdoor enthusiast Michael McCarthy with See Through Canoe said this video shows the Cownose Rays foraging for shellfish, such as clams, in the soft sand.

“Cownose rays don’t bury in the sand so they don’t get stepped on and hurt people,” McCarthy said. 

Southern Rays, on the other hand, do often bury themselves in the sand in water only a couple feet deep.

They also can get up to seven feet long.

If you step on one, it will probably embed its barb in your calf, which will hurt worse coming out than it did going in.

McCarthy said that’s why its smart to shuffle your feet when wading in the water in Florida.

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