To see the Stingray up close without going diving, they used to gather around the shallows of the old town harbor in Puerto del Carmen. They like ti live in the warmer seas and feed off plankton, smaller fish and squid.
Tourists have been seen throwing bread, to feed them but be careful not to fall in as these sea creatures are decedents of the shark, and although they do not have the fierce jaw line they do have a barb which can cause fatality. The have one or more stingers which can be around 35cm in length and are just used for self defense. The stinger is covered with a thin layer of skin, the integument sheath, in which the venom is concentrated
The flattened bodies of stingrays allow them to effectively conceal themselves in their environments. Stingrays do this by agitating the sand and hiding beneath it. Because their eyes are on top of their bodies and their mouths on the undersides, stingrays cannot see their prey; instead, they use smell and electroreceptors (ampullae of Lorenzini) similar to those of sharks. Stingrays feed primarily on molluscs, crustaceans, and occasionally on small fish. Some stingrays’ mouths contain two powerful, shell-crushing plates, while other species only have sucking mouthparts. Stingrays settle on the bottom while feeding, often leaving only their eyes and tails visible. Coral reefs are favorite feeding grounds and are usually shared with sharks during high tide