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Diver Captures Video of Giant Stingray Off Pinellas Coast

Old 03-22-2019, 08:39 AM
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Thumbs up Diver Captures Video of Giant Stingray Off Pinellas Coast




https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/ne...pinellas-coast

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — A monster stingray estimated to be at least 10 feet long was spotted Sunday, March 17, by divers in the Gulf of Mexico just a few miles west of Tarpon Springs.


Now that's a beast!
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Old 03-22-2019, 09:31 AM
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I saw one of these as a boy in Charlotte Harbor . I say it was at least 9 ft wide. Something I will never forget !
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I saw one of these as a boy in Charlotte Harbor . I say it was at least 9 ft wide. Something I will never forget !
I've occasionally seen what I call spotted leopard rays inside and outside CH. They'll launch out of the water and sure look large.
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Old 03-22-2019, 11:29 AM
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That's a huge bitch!

Saw this one at around mile 40 on the Padre Island National Seashore last summer. Took the dudes about an hour to get it in on an 80 wide. Was almost 8' long and the barb was about 8" too. Gnarly lookin.

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If you ever saw a full grown manta ray it would blow your mind. I use to see them free jump off the florida coast back in the day.
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Looks like a big roughtail. We get them here in NJ. Biggest one I've seen was literally the width of a barn door in height.
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Crikey!
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Old 03-22-2019, 05:12 PM
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Looks like a big roughtail. We get them here in NJ. Biggest one I've seen was literally the width of a barn door in height.
That 's exactly what local biologist said it was. Could only imagine
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That's a huge bitch!
Saw this one at around mile 40 on the Padre Island National Seashore last summer. Took the dudes about an hour to get it in on an 80 wide. Was almost 8' long and the barb was about 8" too. Gnarly lookin.

Don't count the tail. That's probably a four or five footer from Padre. Maybe 90 pounds.
That 10-footer in Tampa was about 10 feet wide and probably 17 feet long if you count the tail.

I've seen 7 foot wide Manta rays out there, but the OP's beast was significantly larger.
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Here is a photo taken years ago, after a Sting Ray tournament.
The fellow standing is probably 5 foot 10 tall.
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I’ll be looking for this thing next weekend when I get home.....damn that’s a big sucker
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Originally Posted by phillyg View Post
I've occasionally seen what I call spotted leopard rays inside and outside CH. They'll launch out of the water and sure look large.
I caught one off the bar just south of Boca Grande a few years ago. My brother and I were goofing off, drifting and casting to a some sharks when I hooked up. It didn't run like the sharks did but it definitely peeled off some line and I couldn't turn it. It was a slow speed spooling. We finally had to chase it down. Thing was about 5 feet wide and was a bitch to get up off the bottom. We were laughing that here this thing was, 6 or 7 feet under us and I couldn't get it in the boat. Finally got it up and got the circle hook out of it's mouth.

it wasn't really a fight like you would normally get from a big fish but I was pretty impressed at how stubborn that damn thing was.
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Originally Posted by Sneaky Snooker View Post
If you ever saw a full grown manta ray it would blow your mind. I use to see them free jump off the florida coast back in the day.
They're very cool to see...I do a lot of free diving, saw one fairly close once in a cut off of "Thunderball Grotto" by Staniel Cay.
What I think was cool....they're often level with you (or above you if you scuba...but I free-dive) Watching those "wing tips" slowly yet gracefully propelling them, and bank turns....very awesome!
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Originally Posted by Sneaky Snooker View Post
If you ever saw a full grown manta ray it would blow your mind. I use to see them free jump off the florida coast back in the day.
about 10 years ago I was fishing for reds on the jetti at St. Andrews park and one jumped straight up out of the water right in front of me and startled the crap out of me. I had no idea they were there and would do that and was literally shocked.
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Originally Posted by joshscott84 View Post
That 's exactly what local biologist said it was. Could only imagine
We get them here in NJ. Saw one once on a sandbar where we would swim. No exaggeration the ray had to be 6'-7' across. Looked like a giant shadow in the water.
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