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Scenes from the Beach | Aug. 7, 2016

Los Angeles Times/MCT

Stingrays possess remarkable fishing skills that are very effective. This morning we watch two rays, only inches away from the shore. Utilizing their natural camouflage, they are partially buried in soft sand, heads pointed toward the mainland. Their quarry is a school of minnows, swimming parallel to the shore. When the school nears, the rays spring into action, devouring the minnows. Do not feel too grieved for the minnows. It is the law of the sea: “Big fish eat small fish.”

Diary, summer 2016

From the diary of beach walker George Thatcher,

email: fishcrow@aol.com. Collections of Mr. Thatcher’s observations are available from Quail Ridge Press, www.quailridge.com or 800-343-1583.

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