Feeding stingray feeding by hand is a popular tourist attraction at many resorts of the Maldives. Feeding is usually done in the evening; hence, lighting is not very good for shooting video. But this particular video is better than others. The video was shot at Banyan Tree Maldives at Vabbinfaru.
Stingray feeding in the resort setting is safe, and the creatures are friendly and it appears that they relish the attention they get. Some resorts allow tourists to feed under the guidance of the caretakers. Some might perceive this as unsafe, but we can assure you that we have never heard of any unfavorable incident from stingray feeding in the Maldives.
Stingrays reportedly do not aggressively attack humans. When threatened, their primary reaction is to swim away. They may attack if accidentally if stepped on. The usual reaction to attacks is the whipping of the stinger in their tail. However, the injury caused by this is not usually life-threatening unless the stinger pierces a vital area. Stingrays are considered as docile creatures and usually flee at the sign of unnatural activity (referring to human activity). Some varieties of the stingrays are not normally visible to swimmer as they conceal themselves by dwelling close to the sand at the bottom. Divers and snorkelers may spot them in shallow waters. Snorkeling alongside a stingray gliding below you is an experience in itself!
Stingrays have broad fins that run the full length of their bodies, giving them a flat, roundish shape. They are very soft to the touch with a velvety feel, and have no bones. They glide through the ocean flapping their seamless body, almost like a bird. Stingrays maybe as small as a few inches or up to 5 to 7 feet long and is usually found in warm climates. While a stingray's mouth is on the underside of its body, along with its nostrils and gill slits, its eyes are on the top. They dont have teeth, but have vacuum-like mouths that suck the food.
Experience these fascinating marine creatures at the comfort and safety of a few feet from the beach and under the watchful eyes of professional guides. Tourists are oriented to stingray and their habitat before tourists are allowed to feed them. Many of the resorts offer stingray feeding as their daily activities and it usually is held in the evening.