Stingrays are commonly found in the shallow coastal waters of temperate seas. They spend the majority of their time inactive, partially buried in the sand, often moving only with the sway of the tide.

Photograph by Belinda Willis, My Shot
  • On September 4, 2006, television host Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray while filming a documentary about Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

    Irwin, better known as the “Crocodile Hunter,” was famous for getting very close to dangerous wildlife in its natural habitat. Irwin starred in nature documentaries and expanded his parents' wildlife park, now named Australia Zoo. Irwin was a passionate environmentalist who sought to integrate conservation values with sustainable development and ecotourism.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    conservation Noun

    management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.

    Encyclopedic Entry: conservation
    documentary Noun

    non-fiction film.

    environmentalist Noun

    person who studies or works to protect the Earth's ecosystems.

    expand Verb

    to grow or get larger.

    Great Barrier Reef Noun

    large coral reef off the northeast coast of Australia.

    habitat Noun

    environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

    Encyclopedic Entry: habitat
    integrate Verb

    to combine, unite, or bring together.

    sustainable development Noun

    human construction, growth, and consumption that can be maintained with minimal damage to the natural environment.

    wildlife Noun

    organisms living in a natural environment.