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June 11, 2000
Re "Stingrays' Points Well-Taken," June 1: I was appalled when I read the article about the effort to reduce stingray stings on the beach by removing the rays' stingers. As a scuba diver for the last seven years, I have great respect for the beautiful animals that live in our oceans. I have been diving with stingrays, sharks, dolphins and the like. I always enter the water knowing that I am invading their space and that I take a risk every time I dive. But it is worth it to me to see these amazing animals in their natural habitat.
July 18, 2003 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Unusually warm ocean water off Southern California has prompted a summer stingray invasion, especially along Orange County beaches, where swimmers and surfers in recent days have reported being stung by rays dug into the sand in shallow water. At Bolsa Chica State Beach, at least nine young pupils at Corky Carroll's Surf School in Huntington Beach hobbled out of the water Thursday morning in need of first aid after feeling the touch of a ray's barbed tail.
March 21, 2008 | Mike Clary, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A vacationer from Michigan out for a family boat ride in the Florida Keys died Thursday when a 75-pound spotted eagle ray flew out of the water and struck her in the head. Judy Kay Zagorski, 55, is believed to have been killed by blunt force trauma, according to Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "Out of nowhere, a spotted eagle ray pops up in front of the boat and collides with the victim," who was standing at the bow, said Pino.
March 4, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For those who want to spend more time than money in Las Vegas, here are 21 things to do for less than $21, all aimed at keeping the bottom line low and the fun factor high. 1. Springs Preserve. Forsake the fake pyramid and fake Statue of Liberty for a power walk through the real Vegas: 110 acres of pre-Bugsy Siegel desert. There are miles of cactus-filled trails, botanic gardens and a museum that pays tribute to the city's Mojave Desert roots. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
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