The GHF embarks on 22nd year of Stingray Survey in Stingray City, Grand Cayman!

The GHF embarks on 22nd year of Stingray Survey in Stingray City, Grand Cayman!

In the crystal-clear waters of Stingray City, Grand Cayman, a dedicated team led by Jessica and Guy embarked on a mission of conservation and discovery. Earlier this month, they spearheaded the first leg of the bi-annual stingray survey, marking an impressive 22-year milestone in the world of wildlife research. This survey stands as the longest-running investigation of a Wildlife Interactive Zone, showcasing the enduring commitment to understanding and preserving the delicate balance of marine life.

Amidst the azure waters and golden sands, the team of volunteers embarked on their mission, armed with determination and passion. Over the span of two days, they meticulously tagged and surveyed an astounding total of 105 stingrays. These numbers, far beyond expectations, signify a remarkable resurgence in the stingray population, following a period of decline induced by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The return to historical population levels is a testament to the resiliency of the Southern stingrays and the sustainability of Stingray City itself. Through careful conservation efforts and the dedication of passionate individuals, the once-depleted population has rebounded, painting a hopeful picture for the future of marine ecosystems.

Beyond its ecological significance, Stingray City plays a vital role in the economic landscape of the Cayman Islands. The presence of these majestic creatures contributes significantly to the tourism industry, with stingrays estimated to bring in a staggering $500,000 per year each. This unique wildlife interactive zone not only provides an unforgettable experience for visitors but also serves as a beacon of sustainable tourism, where conservation and economic prosperity go hand in hand.

None of this would be possible without the invaluable support of volunteers and donors. Their unwavering commitment and generosity make these surveys possible, driving forward the cause of marine conservation and fostering a deeper connection between humans and the natural world.

As we celebrate 22 years of Stingray City’s bi-annual survey, we reflect on the journey thus far and look ahead with optimism and determination. Together, we continue to chart a course towards a future where our oceans thrive, and our wildlife flourishes.


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