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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Fishermen Help Pregnant Stingray Give Birth Inside Their Boat

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The incredible moment a stingray gave birth on a boat after being caught by a group of fisherman was caught on camera.

Javier Capello shared a 39-second long video to YouTube Saturday of the pregnant stingray giving birth on his boat.

The video starts with a man placing his hand on the stingray's belly, gently prodding the creature.

Moments later, one tiny baby ray popped out and started to wriggle around the boat.

The man continues to press on the stingray's belly, as more tiny stingrays pop out back to back.

He pauses for a few seconds, and then presses the cartilaginous fish's belly again, causing more small stingrays to be born.

The video shows at least 12 stingrays being born on the boat thanks to the help from the unknown man.

Capello, who also shared the video to Reddit, explained that they caught the pregnant stingray with 'just the basic: Line, hook, living bait' and 'used a little morena' as bait.

“We didn't really know what to do, she was having problems letting the littles (sic) out so we gave her some help,” Capello wrote.

“We thought she was dying at first because we cut her tail off before realizing she was pregnant.”

In the end, Capello wrote that they “felt guilty and threw them all back,” including the mother and that “luckily they survived.”

It's unclear exactly where or when the video was filmed.

Rays are ovoviviparous, meaning they carry litters of young inside them numbering up to 13 which feed on individual yolk sacks.

Female rays are capable of storing a male ray's sperm inside their bodies without getting pregnant for years before impregnating themselves at a later date.







The incredible moment a stingray gave birth on a boat after being caught by a group of fisherman was caught on camera. Javier Capello shared a 39-second long video to YouTube Saturday of the pregnant stingray giving birth on his boat.


The video starts with a man placing his hand on the stingray's belly, gently prodding the creature. Moments later, one tiny baby ray popped out and started to wriggle around the boat.



The man continues to press on the stingray's belly, as more tiny stingrays pop out back to back. He pauses for a few seconds, and then presses the cartilaginous fish's belly again, causing more small stingrays to be born.



The video shows at least 12 stingrays being born on the boat thanks to the help from the unknown man.



In the end, Capello wrote that they “felt guilty and threw them all back,” including the mother and that “luckily they survived”.

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