The researchers discovered that Stingray City’s stingrays demonstrate noticeably different patterns of activity than their wild counterparts.
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Researchers from Nova Southeastern University have discovered that “interactive ecotourism” changes the behavior of stingrays. They studied stingrays residing in one of the world’s most frequented ecotourism sites – Stingray City/Sandbar in the Cayman Islands.
According to a news release from Nova Southeastern University, Stingray City attracts approximately a million visitors annually to feed, pet and swim with the sandbar’s stingrays. Researchers set out to determine exactly how interactive ecotourism has impacted the animals’ behavior.