Spotting a stingray can be difficult. It burrows into the sand until only its eyes are visible. However their eyes are not always visible. Their camouflaged bodies mirror their surroundings. Take precaution when entering an area known for stingrays. If you accidentally step on one, the stingray will lash out with its tail, embedding the bonelike spear into your foot, causing severe pain. To avoid a painful stab or lacerations, shuffle your feet as you walk through the sand. This will stir sand up and vibrate the floor alerting the stingray that something or someone is approaching. They only attack out of fear, and the poisonous barb in their tail is their only weapon.
Hiding in 8 inches of water, a stingray can catch you off guard. Wearing shoes is a good idea. With the net lowered into the water, shuffle your feet. The motion will prompt movement from the stingray. Most times the stingray will swim above the net. Biologists and students herd the ray into a net enclosure much like corralling while holding the net up and closing the gap between each individual until the ends of the net are brought together, securing the stingray safely inside the net. It will take a group effort to lift the stingray to a container if it is a larger specimen. The larger stingrays can weigh over 700 lbs.