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GCRL graduate student in need of 18 Atlantic stingrays for study

A Gulf Coast Research Laboratory graduate student is asking for help in finding Atlantic stingrays for a study on bacteria and animal health.

Kaitlin Doucette said her study needs 40 living stingrays to complete and they only need 18 more.

“Atlantic stingrays are pretty easy to distinguish from other local species,” she said. “They have long pointed snouts so their bodies typically look a bit like a spade.”

Doucette said stingrays near the shore, in the bayou, and near barrier islands are more than likely Atlantic stingrays.

“They are usually brown or yellow-brown,” she said. “We are only interested in mature adult males, so they must have a body size bigger than an open hand.”

Those that come across stingrays should act with caution, Doucette said. Even though they don’t have sharp teeth, they do have a venomous barb.

“It is very important to only handle stingrays if you are familiar with the species,” she said.

If you are comfortable with the species and find an Atlantic stingray, place in a bucket about ¾ full of water with an air bubbler and contact the Evans Lab at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory for pick up.

For more information contact Kaitlin Doucette at 802-238-4615 or by email at Kaitlin.doucette@eagles.usm.edu