Stingrays aren’t silent – new underwater video leaves marine scientists amazed

by Fran Molloy, Macquarie University
August 09, 2022

Scientists always thought stingrays were silent – but new research has shown at least two species of stingrays can produce sounds voluntarily, possibly as a warning response to perceived threats.

The research formally confirms tales that commercial fishers have told for years.

Scientists from Sweden, Spain and Australia have documented three videos of this phenomenon in a paper recently published in the journal Ecology.

This remarkable insight into stingray behaviour emerged publicly when scientists were alerted to online video footage of stingrays making clicking sounds – and then found underwater footage of such incidents, recorded by three different people.

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