It was low tide in the shallows quite close to the beach at South West Harbour Bluff just off Osprey Rock. I’m not sure if you can see, but a Southern Stingray was lying in the sand and it was really huge.
Rays are fairly docile with eyes and gill slits ontop of a grey to dark brown body. A stingray eats constantly day and night and this one seemed to be resting while covered with sand. Only its eyes were exposed. As soon as I got too close (I was really careful not to agitate it) it turned and moved away.
A ray is a cartilagenous fish closely related to the shark and its natural predator is the hammerhead shark.
I hope you get a chance to see these graceful creatures as you vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands.