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Thread: Went to my fav beach today and detected a stingray

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    Todd In Lutz FL

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    Went to my fav beach today and detected a stingray

    In my past 4 trips to the gulf beaches with my EQ800 I have been in the water between waist and chest high. I am moving along slowly and had an iffy target with the TID bouncing between 1 and 3 so I decide to scoop it and as soon as my scoop hit the bottom a brown blur scoots out from under my coil spooking me pretty good as I was not anticipating a stingray . I rescan the target and its gone? This morning it happened again I put the scoop on the bottom and out comes another dark brown stingray and the targets gone. Come to find out the stingray is ELECTRIC and my detector can find them lol. Here is some info on the critter.

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    LESSER ELECTRIC RAY
    Narcine bancroftii


    Lesser Electric Ray

    Identification
    Grayish to reddish brown, with many rounded dark blotches that are outlined with blackish circles on the dorsal disc. Disc white ventrally. Round disc with a thick tail and well developed dorsal fins and caudal fin. No spine on tail. Two electric organs, set on either side of the head, are visible ventrally as kidney shaped “honeycombs”.

    Habitat and Behavior
    A demersal or benthic species inhabiting coastal waters, on sand or mud bottoms. Commonly found partially buried along sandy shorelines, seagrass beds, and sometimes near coral reefs. Found from the surf zone up to 200 feet.

    Size
    33 inches total length

    Human Factors
    Non-aggressive species of little danger to humans. Can discharge a shock between 14 and 37 volts, primarily used for defense. Contact with the disc in the pectoral region can produce a mild electric shock, not enough to injure a human.

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    Quite a few are swimming with hooks in their mouths.
    Terry Soloman and lookindown like this.

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    We have skates that are electric here in Florida too.
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    Never ran into one them before Todd, Wow

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    Horseshoe crabs have blue blood that has copper in it and will also set off a detector.
    SS

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    Quote Originally Posted by lookindown View Post
    We have skates that are electric here in Florida too.
    Same here, along with those crazy looking horse shoe crabs. They like climbing up your legs which can really freak one out.
    lookindown likes this.

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    CASPER

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    yes - they are electric - I was detecting in Mex. with Whydah and had one go up my bathing suit and zapped me
    I was wearing lycra bike shorts to stop thigh rash - they saved me
    Carolina Tom likes this.
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    Apr 2015
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    Better update that VDI chart : 1-3 Electric Stingray
    lookindown and Jason in Enid like this.
    Minelab Equinox 800,Fisher CZ-21, Excalibur II

    ... waiting to see that elusive dowser on the beach with a bucket of gold rings ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBN View Post
    Same here, along with those crazy looking horse shoe crabs. They like climbing up your legs which can really freak one out.
    I've been in the ocean most of my life, but honestly this would startle this living @#$! out of me.
    Minelab Equinox 800,Fisher CZ-21, Excalibur II

    ... waiting to see that elusive dowser on the beach with a bucket of gold rings ...

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    Great thread! I'm learning all kinds of new stuff.

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    That's great

  12. #12
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    Jan 2017
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    Quote Originally Posted by OBN View Post
    Same here, along with those crazy looking horse shoe crabs. They like climbing up your legs which can really freak one out.
    Yeah I think I would lose it if that happened......

 

 

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