A man who appeared to be on a nighttime fishing trip with a group of friends was left writhing on the floor in agony after attempting to pose for a video while holding a stingray
A man who held a stingray to pose for a video quickly discovered why you shouldn’t mess with wild animals.
In a viral video posted on Reddit’s ‘ What Could Go Wrong? ‘ forum, a group of friends appear to have hooked the stingray during a night-time fishing trip.
One man is holding the fish in both hands as a friend commentates to say: “This is a California round stingray” when it suddenly strikes the man holding it using its stinging spine.
The man instantly drops the stingray back into the water, while collapsing to the decking and screaming in pain as his friend calmly asks: “Are you alright? Did it bite your finger? It stung you?”
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The man hammers on the flooring in agony and viewers – although relieved that he didn’t come to any further harm – asked what he had expected to happen when he picked it up.
One person commented to say they had experienced being stung by a stingray on the ankle, explaining: “Stingrays’ stings are outrageously painful. It’s a pain that continues to get worse not better. It gets worse very quickly too. It’s a feeling of burning and stabbing, as if someone is holding that part of you in a fire.”
A second said: “I honestly didn’t know they could flex their tail so far, but you’d never catch me f***ing around with one enough to find out.”
A third wrote: “The clue is in the name” and another added: “Steve Irwin died from a stingray. A wildlife expert. No way I’m approaching one, let alone picking it up.”
There are about 220 known species of stingray, which are said to be shy in nature, with non-fatal attacks on humans reported frequently when swimmers accidentally step on rays hiding from predators in shallow waters.
Wildlife expert Steve Irwin died in 2006 when he was pierced in the chest by a stingray barb during the filming of a documentary, but deaths from stingray attacks are said to be extremely rare.