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Old 10-20-2006, 04:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Stingrays declare war on humans!

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LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. - An 81-year-old boater was in critical condition Thursday after a stingray flopped onto his boat and stabbed him, leaving a foot-long barb in his chest, authorities said.


"It was a freak accident," said Lighthouse Point acting fire Chief David Donzella. "It's very odd that the thing jumped out of the water and stung him. We still can't believe it."

Fatal stingray attacks like the one that killed "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin last month are rare, marine experts say. Rays reflexively deploy a sharp spine in their tails when frightened, but the venom coating the barb usually causes just a painful sting for humans.

James Bertakis of Lighthouse Point was on the water with his granddaughter and a friend Wednesday when the stingray flopped onto the boat and stung Bertakis. The women steered the boat to shore and called 911.

Surgeons were able to remove some of the barb, and Bertakis, who also suffered a collapsed lung, underwent surgery late Wednesday and early Thursday, the Miami Herald reported on its web site.

Ellen Pikitch, a professor of marine biology and fisheries at the University of Miami, who has been studying stingrays for decades, said they are generally docile.

"Something like this is really, really extraordinarily rare," she said. "Even when they are under duress, they don't usually attack."


This is the second time a stingray has stabbed a man in the heart within a short period of time, I think its time we fought back!



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Old 10-20-2006, 05:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Its my understanding that the stingrays are the shock troops for the squirrel invasion!!!
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Old 10-20-2006, 08:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It would appear the 'black ops' divison has already begun their campaign:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/4489792.stm
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Old 10-20-2006, 10:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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watch out for the armor division:
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Old 10-20-2006, 05:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Watch out the squirrels go straight for the throat.
http://news.yahoo.com/photo/061016/4...1jBHNlYwNtZXBo
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Old 10-22-2006, 12:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Its my understanding that the stingrays are the shock troops for the squirrel invasion!!!
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That looks to be a chipmunk?
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That looks to be a chipmunk?


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Old 10-22-2006, 01:13 AM   #8 (permalink)
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That looks to be a chipmunk?
Clearly just the skin of a chipmunk being worn after its slaughter by said squirrel.
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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we are safe until the dolphins starts to leave this planet.
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