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March 3, 2021
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Stingray Kills Michigan Woman
(wgvu) - MARATHON, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a Michigan woman died after
a stingray jumped out of the water and struck her in the upper body
in the Florida Keys.
Wildlife officials say the spotted eagle ray hit the 55-year-old
woman in the face or neck while she was in a boat with her family
on Thursday. Her name and hometown aren't yet being released.
Officials say it's not clear whether the animal's barb struck
her, or if the impact killed her. It's also not clear how big it
Spotted eagle rays can grow up to 17 feet in length, weigh up to
500 pounds and have a wingspan of up to 10 feet.
They are known to occasionally jump out of the water but are not
aggressive and use the venomous tip at the end of their tail as a
defense mechanism.
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