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Jun 01, 2007

Will you please check out this behbeh stingray

He's all: Weeeeeeeeee!

First of all, I've never seen a bebeh stingray. Second, who woulda thunk a bebeh stingray could be cute enough to meet our stringent requirements? Third, will you please look at these "legs" OMG.


Megan F. (not me!) took this at the Brighton, UK aquarium. Hilarious.

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» A baby stingray with legs? What the from Blog de Purée
Well, this doesnt rate a Friday cephalopod status, like those from one of my favorite science blogs, Pharyngula, but this photo of a baby stingray from Cute Overload was just awesome. (Courtesy of CuteOverload.com/Megan F. - U.K.) The most fas... [Read More]


is that his back or his front?

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:08 AM

I luv this site, bleen of all, because it widens my horizons of kewtness!

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:09 AM

How incredibly odd. It's like a fat lizard wearing a kite!

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:09 AM

I am all for it. like the pastels as well

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:09 AM

llism, very very funny. Lizard wearing a kite.HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:10 AM

i gasped when i saw his wittle face

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:10 AM

First reaction: the body part looks like an embryo. I'm working on an embryology book at work, and most of the images have those exact colors, along with the relative amorphousness.

Second reaction: Uber cute.

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:14 AM

That has got to be one of the weirdest cute things I have ever seen. Legs?!

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:15 AM

I think somebody's doing my RCFs for me!

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:23 AM


I can definately see evolution legs going on there.

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:26 AM

I think I see arms too....

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:27 AM


I've never noticed "bodies" on stingrays before, but I've always liked their flat faces. :] Good pic!

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:27 AM

Wow! This pic is cute AND educational!

Angela W
 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:30 AM

Wow, it IS cute. The "legs," the tail, the face and the flying action. The little bugger does look like it's having fun.

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:31 AM

So cute!

Laura, that's his ventral surface. You can tell because you can see the mouth and gills. And I call it a him, because those "legs" are actually little claspers, which will be used for sperm transfer once it's full grown.

And there's your stingray anatomy lesson for the day! :)

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:31 AM

that's the bottom of the bebeh stingray, and the "legs" mean it's a boy!! they're called Claspers, and are used during mating.

such a cutie!!

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:34 AM

It may be a boy but he looks sort of like he's wearing a pink tutu with puffed sleeves.

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:36 AM

Anybody else thinking Dr. Who?

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:39 AM

Wat the?

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:44 AM

Not kidding, there is an overlap of cuteoverload and uglyoverload... Did anyone see this article about the guitar fish that was captured, and the Russian fishermen thinking it was an alien from outerspace and who ate it anyway? Check this out... Same alien face...


 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:44 AM

Son of a gun!

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:45 AM

he looks like a fried egg. with pink yolks. i'm not sure how i feel about this. hahaha

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:45 AM

this is the underside. The topside is brown or blackish.

they do like to cling onto smooth surfaces in aquaria.

also, the swimming motion of any ray is one of the most beautiful things ever...super-graceful wings rippling.

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:46 AM

oh my gosh.
the legs are so freakishly human-like
this sort of pic gives me chills, but its so fantastic its fasinating!

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:48 AM

eeeek! it's wearing a little pink sundress!!!!
tooo cute!

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:51 AM

I have fooled ALL of you. MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA! I glued a kite to a big fat gecko just to see if you suckers would think it's cute. My evil plan has come to fruition!

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:52 AM

eeeek! it's wearing a little pink sundress!!!!
tooo cute!

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:52 AM

I'm ded. Completely, totally, utterly DED.

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 09:55 AM

Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny, peeple!!!

bucky spalding
 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 10:09 AM

They're so adorable when young...they take a full year to mature, but after a few weeks, look exactly like adult rays...only tiny. Like silver-dollar tiny. If anyone ever goes near Norwich and finds themselves at Hunstanton, I highly recommend the Sea Life Centre there...they have tanks of young stingrays.

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 10:14 AM

my first thought was "is this the bottom or the top"? I go to comments and first comment, same question. Finally someone translates (ventral =bottom) and now we know. Male, bottom side.
And yet it still looks like a frog in a pink swimsuit laying on a large yellow blanket to sunbathe. Perhaps I'm anthropomorphizing (sp?) too much. VERY CUTE regardless. And fascinating.

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 10:37 AM


I got to PET little rays at the Milwaukee County Zoo, they & some pettable sharks will be there till September.

(I think this petting opporunity was here last summer too. VERY cool. They're even SOFT.)

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 10:37 AM

It's cute if you pretend those are its eyes, but I'm pretty sure they're its nostrils (or the sting ray equivalent thereof).

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 10:58 AM

Haha little dewd looks like he's all Whooopeeee!!!1!!111

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 11:01 AM

"Hey, ma, look what I can do!"

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 11:03 AM

I had no idea that that was what was going on underneath a stingray. It looks like a kite swallowed a newborn baby. Cute, though, in an outerspace sort of way.

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 11:04 AM

(try again)
Core blimey, mate! The stuff of fairy tales, low budget sci-fi, cartoons and old sea captains. Great!

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 11:09 AM

Oh my gosh, it looks almost exactly like Cassandra, the last living human, in the episode of Doctor Who, "The End of the World." That is UNCANNY.

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 11:26 AM


I didn't realise till now that other people had realised rays could be cute. I've seen them at Sea Life Centres, and you're not allowed to touch them anymore, which makes me sad, but if you wave your hand over the tank they pop up out of the water! They really poke their snouts out of the water. Sort of like little aquatic puppies. And they wave their side-flaps ^_^

Irwin brand sun cream: protects against harmful rays. Oh, come on, I HAD to make that joke. It's what Steve-O would want.

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 11:36 AM

I will never look at steamed dumplings the same way.

I am not sure if I think it is cute or gross, lol.

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 11:45 AM

Look ma, no hands!!

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 11:47 AM

"Oh my gosh, it looks almost exactly like Cassandra, the last living human, in the episode of Doctor Who, "The End of the World." That is UNCANNY."

That's exactly what I thought too! I saw those on the SciFi channel and now they're running them on my PBS station.

(But David Tennant is the better doctor, IMHO.)

a different Laura
 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 12:06 PM

chelonianmobile - try Monterey Bay Aquarium! They have a Bat Ray touch pool. They're very soft and gentle creatures.

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 12:06 PM

... consider this for a new Pixar character!

Disney should...
 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 12:09 PM

They can call it "everybody loves stingray"

a different Laura
 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 12:10 PM

does no one else *suspect* that this was the inspiration for the teletubbies?

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 12:24 PM

I think it's kinda cute EXCEPT for the guts. I can't do transparent bellies. XP

 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 12:31 PM

Disney should... I was just about to post that it could have been one of Nemo's little school friends in Finding Nemo.

Laurie C
 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 12:41 PM

I saw oompa loompas before I saw Cassandra, but you're right! (The little leg kicks during Oompa Loompa dances, right?)

Also, is PBS seriously running it? Brilliant! I must tell all my uninitiated friends!

R. Moore
 |  Jun 01, 2007 at 12:48 PM

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