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Man Filmed Holding A Stingray, Goes Exactly As You’d Expect

Man Filmed Holding A Stingray, Goes Exactly As You’d Expect

He definitely learnt a valuable lesson about respecting wildlife.

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

A man found out the hard way that you really shouldn't mess with wild animals when he decided to pick up a stingray he stumbled across. Check out his encounter below:

In footage shared on the Reddit subthread, r/WhatCouldGoWrong, the unnamed man can be seen holding a California Round stingray in his hands while seemingly out on a nighttime fishing trip.

After a couple of seconds of grappling, the powerful fish has clearly had enough and decided to take matters into its own hands by giving the lad a sharp bolt from its tail.

The man immediately throws the animal into the water and lets out an almighty screech, as if he's just been shot.

He drops sharply to the deck with a crashing thud and continues to scream in pain.


I mean, it's not like he couldn't have seen this eventuality coming, is it?

And unsurprisingly, people online were fresh out of sympathy for him, with many pointing out that he should have had more respect for the animal.

One person joked: "I like how the stingray waited until his introduction was finished before stealing the show."

Another chimed in: "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."

"That's funny lookin, I wonder why they call em stingrays?" quipped a third.


While another added: "...don't f**k with mother nature if you have no clue about the animal you are dealing with. This guys knowledge apparently ended at the name of the animal."

Fortunately for the man in the video above, the California Round Stingray isn't considered particularly dangerous, although I'm sure his pride took a bit of a battering.

There are over 600 species of rays in the world, all of which vary in size and power.

Fifteen years ago, wildlife expert and TV personality Steve Irwin died after he was stung by a ray while out on the Great Barrier Reef.

The late and great Steve Irwin.

And earlier this year, Steve's director and cameraman revealed his final words when he was being rushed off for medical treatment.

Speaking about the moments after Steve was attacked, Justin, who was filming at the time, said: "He was having trouble breathing. Even if we'd been able to get him into an emergency ward at that moment we probably wouldn't have been able to save him, because the damage to his heart was massive.

"As we're motoring back I'm screaming at one of the other crew in the boat to put their hand over the wound and we're saying to him things like, 'Think of your kids, Steve, hang on, hang on, hang on'.

"He just calmly looked up at me and said, 'I'm dying.' And that was the last thing he said."

Featured Image Credit: Reddit/@u_deadstar420

Topics: Viral, Fish, Wildlife, Social Media, US News, Reddit, Steve Irwin, Australia, california