“This ray can be identified by its dark dorsal surface covered in white spots or rings. Near the base of the ray’s relatively long tail, just behind the pelvic fins, are several venomous, barbed stingers. Spotted eagle rays commonly feed on small fish and crustaceans, and will sometimes dig with their snouts to look for food buried in the sand of the seabed. These rays are commonly observed leaping out of the water, and on at least two occasions have been reported as having jumped into boats, in one incident resulting in the death of a woman in the Florida Keys….
“Spotted eagle rays have flat disk-shaped bodies, deep blue or black with white spots on top with a white underbelly, and distinctive flat snouts similar to a duck’s bill. Their tails are longer than those of other rays and may have 2–6 venomous spines, just behind the pelvic fins…. Read more
Virgin Islands News
Police Cracking Down on Excess Tint
By Source staff — June 9, 2013
The V.I Police Department will begin stepping up enforcement of the vehicle tint law and other other rules and regulations of the road, and will hold events where car owners can have their vehicles tested to see if they comply, the department announced.
According to the Virgin Islands Code, no operator or owner of any improperly tinted, unregistered or uninsured vehicle is allowed to operate on the public streets of the Virgin Islands. Police officers will be on the road asking vehicle owners and operators to produce proof of registration, insurance and to remove illegal tint from the vehicles, the department said…. read more
@ School: Junior Lionfish Fighters Keep Sharp Eyes on the Reef
By Lynda Lohr — June 9, 2013
With the scourge of lionfish threatening reefs around the Virgin Islands and beyond, a group of eight Gifft Hill School students in the Junior Caribbean Ocean Restoration and Education program have become extra eyes for the island’s CORE members who spend time in the water killing the invasive species.
“They say when you start to take them out, it makes a difference,” Evan Jones, 14, said of the lionfish.
Skye Ehrhart, 13, said that after the first day of lionfish spotting, he knew there was a purpose to their efforts…. Read more