Ireland: many stingrays of Steve Irwin death species near beaches


From the Sunday Mirror in Britain:

Stingray in Irish Waters

By LYNNE KELLEHER

HUNDREDS of the species of stingray that killed Australian wildlife star Steve Irwin have arrived at Irish beaches over the past two years, according to one of the country’s marine experts.

The fish are normally at home in Miami or the Barrier Reef but they have been coming here in their droves in recent years because of the rise in the temperature of our waters.

The docile creatures swim around just 50 metres from shore at some of the country’s most popular beaches.

Fisheries Inspector with the Department of the Marine, Kevin Flannery, said: “They are now here in their hundreds.”

He said people on beaches are quite safe from the giant stingrays which are about four or five feet in width and up to 40 pound weight.

Tralee Bay is one of the best places for stingrays.

Tralee Bay is refuge for rare rays and sharks, new RTE documentary reveals: here.

More global warming (?): tropical lionfish near New York City. Lionfish boom threatens Atlantic ecosystem: here.

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