Stingrays are sea creatures that are closely related to sharks. If you're snorkeling in the Cayman Islands and see a large, flattened fish with a long tail and eyes on top of its body, you're looking at a stingray.

Like their shark cousins, stingrays have cartilage instead of bones; stingrays look completely different from sharks, though. Stingrays' bodies are shaped like a rounded diamond, and their gills are on their underside. Their venomous tails are dangerous, giving them the sting part of their name—but most stingrays are shy and docile, and safe to swim near as long as you don't step on them.

Definitions of stingray
  1. noun
    large venomous ray with large barbed spines near the base of a thin whiplike tail capable of inflicting severe wounds
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    Dasyatis centroura, roughtail stingray
    one of the largest stingrays; found from Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras
    butterfly ray
    a stingray with a short tail and a broad fin
    type of:
    cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
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