Swimming almost everyday we discovered the resting place of this Giant Short-tail stingray that usually lives at depths of up to 1,500 feet. It’s the largest stingray in the world, and can grow as long as 4.5 meters. At very few places in the world, it enters the kelp forests to feed. It’s a magnificent animal, and normally very calm. However, when threatened, it raises its tail warningly over its back like a monster scorpion. It can inflict a serious, even fatal wound with its sting which causes necrosis (rotting the flesh and organs).
We approached this giant animal very cautiously, observing the small mollusc tracks on its body. This clearly told us that the stingray had been lying still in this position for at least an hour. The insects and the wind are the time keepers on land for master trackers. In the ocean the molluscs of the forest and the gentle movements of the swell are the timekeepers underwater.