Just how dangerous is the stingray’s sting?

Going diving in tropical waters? Keep an eye open for this cartilaginous fish! The stingray sports one of the deadliest defense mechanisms in the sea. Their barbed stinger, found on the end of their tail, is incredibly sharp and venomous, and can reach a length of up to 35 cm (14 inches). Their stingers were so sharp, that some cultures used them to create spears and whips, and stingray venom was even used by Ancient Greek dentists as an anesthetic.

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Meet the man they call the “Elephant Whisperer” of the Pittsburgh Zoo. Although caring for these mammoth animals is dangerous work, his unique skills are needed during this crucial time, as two of the elephants under his care are on the verge of giving birth.

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