Episode 702: Grand Cayman's Famous Stingrays

One of Grand Cayman’s most popular tourist attractions is the Stingray Sandbar, found in the shallow, crystal-clear waters of the island’s North Sound. There, dozens of tame stingrays greet thousands of excited tourists each year, who come to the spot to feed and interact with the wild animals. But what impact might this frequent interaction have on the rays? Famous marine artist and scientist Dr. Guy Harvey has assembled a team of experts from the Guy Harvey Research Institute and the Georgia Aquarium that is trying to answer this question. The scientists are tracking the numbers of animals at the site over time and are looking at their nutritional and reproductive health.

Experts

Meet the experts featured in this episode.


Special Thanks:


Sunset House
P.O. Box 479
Grand Cayman KY1-1106
Cayman Islands
(345) 949-7111


Sunset Divers
P.O. Box 479
Grand Cayman KY1-1106
Cayman Islands
(345) 949-7111


Image Credits

Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:

Cayman Islands Department of Environment

Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

Guy Harvey

Colby Johnson

Guy Harvey Research Institute/NSU

Special Thanks:

Jay Ehrhart
Ruth Myles
Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

Tony Fins

Jessica Fontana

Alexandra Prebble

Keith Sahm

Web Extras

Dr. Guy Harvey at his Grand Cayman Art Gallery

Famous marine wildlife artist and scientist Dr. Guy Harvey talks about his research and what inspires his artwork at his gallery on Grand Cayman, BWI.

Grand Cayman’s Stingray City/Sandbar

Grand Cayman’s Stingray City/Sandbar is a popular site where guests can safely interact with wild stingrays in a shallow, tropical setting.


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