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Golden Stingray Migration in Cancun

Do you feel like sharing the company of 10,000 deadly, poisonous stingrays? Watching them from the distance might be a better idea

The Gulf of Mexico glitters with gold as 10,000 stingrays move clockwise in their annual migration from the Yucatan Peninsula to the warmer waters of Florida, and half a year later—back home. This migration occurs in late spring and late autumn.

Seasonal cruises promise a spectacle of incredible natural beauty. Yet, some people are not satisfied with merely observing, they need the thrill and venture into swimming with these nice-looking but deadly creatures, even though a single sting may kill them. In fact, the poison is supposed​ to protect them from large marine ​predators like sharks, though generally, stingrays don't attack first, unless they are disturbed.

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When is the best time to witness the golden stingray migration in Cancun?

The migration of golden stingrays in Cancun takes place twice a year, in late spring and late autumn, from May to November. Plan your trip accordingly if you want to observe this spectacular nature event. Show more

In which direction do the stingrays migrate from the Yucatan Peninsula?

The migration of the golden stingrays take them from the Yucatan Peninsula, clockwise across the Gulf of Mexico to the warm waters of Florida, before returning home. The glimmering sight of thousands of stingrays swimming along their migration path is a memorable experience. Show more

Can people swim with the stingrays during their migration?

Swimming with the golden stingrays during their migration, though offered by some companies, is not advisable. Stingrays, being venomous creatures, pose a threat to humans. The sting from their barb could be fatal depending on a person's health and medical attention response. It is best to observe this phenomenon from a safe distance for a safer and ethical encounter. Show more

What is the danger of a stingray sting?

Stingray stings can be severe, even fatal. It can cause pain, swelling, muscle cramps or even damage a person's internal organs resulting in death. The barb of a stingray's tail is their self- defense mechanism when provoked. Observing them from a distance is the best way to avoid getting stung. Show more

Do stingrays attack first, or only in self-defense?

Stingrays are non-aggressive creatures and attack only in self-defense when stepped on or threatened. To avoid getting stung, we should respect their boundaries and keep a safe distance. Shuffle our steps while walking in the water to avoid unexpected collisions with these magnificent creatures. Show more

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