You are not a redfish.
No, I am not. Now would you please remove your stinger from my snout?
Sorry, I was hoping for a redfish.
YOU were hoping for a redfish? Yet, you let your bait soak on the bottom, still, and lifeless?
I was eating a sandwich ... sorry, Mr. Cranky.
Mr. Cranky? Yes, I suppose I am a wee bit cranky ...MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE YOUR STRANGE CURVED STINGER IS STUCK IN MY LIP?!!!
Oh yeah, hang on a sec, I'm going to have to hoist you up here into the air for a moment to extract that. I promise to release you ASAP.
I'm going into the ice chest, aren't I? This is it for me ... dang ... it's mating season ... just my luck.
No, really. I promise I will let you go. Just come on aboard for a moment.
OMG! WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?
Chill dude, I just want to take a few pictures of your "privates" to post on the internet.
WHAT? WHAT DID YOU SAY?
Relax. It's just for educational purposes. I want the PF readers to know a boy stingray when they see one.
Well ... okay then, but make it quick.
Done. Now roll over ...
Hold still, I just need a shot of your stinger.
And DO not whip that into my flesh.
Been there, done that and it makes me very angry ... and you wouldn't like me when I'm angry.
Bad things happen to stingrays who sting me.
You get my point?
Okay, Okay, but let's get this over with ... my mouth's a little dry.
All done, back you go.
They are never going to believe this down at the oyster bar.
That's pretty much how it went. Stingrays can be pretty talkative as fish go.
If you go back up to the picture of his white ventral side, those long extensions are claspers. Male sharks and rays use claspers to mate internally. A groove in the clasper transfers sperm into the female.
The sharks and rays are about the easiest fish to sex due to the very obvious claspers on males.
The stinger shot is a little soft. Sorry. I was hurrying since the poor thing was out of the water and forgot to push macro. It's a serrated modified scale with venom glands.
... HURTS like ... well, I'm not allowed to say on this family safe blog. It's pretty incredible though, very impressive, unforgetable, and way more OUCHIFUL than catfish pokes.
If you noticed the hole in his head behind the eye, ... that beautiful sharky eye, ... the hole is a "spiracle".
It's a way of getting water to your gills when your mouth is usually against the muddy bottom.
If you choose to handle one, keep your hands and body away from the pointy end.