Seen from below with the blue water above and a cloud visible this ray seems to be flying. While in reality they are known to leap from the water, this one is under several feet of water. Stingrays have gotten some bad press, but they are not aggressive and their stinging barbs are used in self-defense only. They are found in tropic and sub tropic waters. Swimmers in areas where sting rays are prevalent learn to do the “stingray shuffle”, a practice of dragging ones feet while wading in shallows to avoid stepping on a stingray. This is when most stings occur, as a barb makes contact after the ray is stepped on.