Families live, play, and fish along the Amazon Riverwhere stingrays thrive in warm, muddy waters. The powerful, painful stings of these respected animals inspire fantastic myths and legends, as they have for many centuries.
Ray Hide and Seek
River rays blend into the bottom of the Amazon River with their amazing variety of coloration patterns. Can you find a good hiding place for this ray?
Listen to the Sounds of the Amazon Do you hear the call of tropical birds? The buzz of an insect? Draw a picture of the animals you hear.
Freshwater rays are well adapted to life on the river floor. Their mouth and gills are located underneath extremely flat, circular bodies, which makes them efficient hunters as they stealthily cruise along the bottom in search of small fishes and crustaceans.
Many swimmers fear stingrays, so some resorts hire people to kill entire populations of these animals. Fortunately, local biologists are trying to stop this slaughter and teach tourists how to swim safely with stingrays.
Travel wisely to protect wildlife
If you're planning a trip to the Amazon, or anywhere else, choose resorts and tours that support local conservation programs and guarantee eco-friendly practices.