Why zillions of stingrays are gathering off this Fla. beach

PENSACOLA, Fla. (USA TODAY) — The fall season in Pensacola typically brings a breeze in the air, a pumpkin-flavored frenzy and, apparently, a massive group of stingrays at Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier manager Mike Pinzone captured video on his cellphone Sunday morning of a group of stingrays — known as "fevers" — while standing on the pier.

He said he only spots fevers about once a year, and it's always in October or November. 

"This time of year we get a lot of cigar minnows and mullet fish that come through to feed," Pinzone said. "A lot of different species come through, and the stingrays are looking to feed on them." 

Pinzone said the stingrays will follow the length of the pier in a fever and sometimes make more than one sweep in search of their feast.

© 2017 USATODAY.COM


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment