I saw this story recently and to be honest the first thing I did was…laugh a little bit. I felt terrible for the ‘victim’ in this case but recreating the scene where an eagle ray sores out of the water was actually a comical thought in my mind.
However, this seemingly funny story brings along with it a very serious message for humans. We have to remember that this planet we inhibit is not only ours. Obviously, to get this point across I could of used a number of stories incorporating zoo incidents, animal attacks, and wild encounters with nature, but I was drawn to this story for the comedy and the minimal amount of violent or harmful consequences.
We have to remember that all of our planet’s creatures are dependent on two factors- reproduction and survival. These are the bare basics of life on Earth and in this story we see the first of the conditions satisfied. For mating purposes the Eagle Ray skies out of the water. They do this to attract female mates and to show off their physical prowess. The reproductive aim of the Eagle Ray simply got into the way of this family trying to enjoy a nice day out on the Florida Keys. Even so, the encounter was a very scary incident for all parties involved, including the ray.
The comical aspect of this story however ended abruptly when I heard that a woman was killed by an Eagle Ray a couple years ago in a very synonymous story. This relationship we have with animals and creatures in the world has to be a respectful one. We have to realize they are entitled to the land just as we are and they are very dangerous animals out there and without respect for them violent encounters will exist.