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Survival of the Stingray
Imagine yourself 150,000 years in the future. Another ice age is in full force.
Temperatures are much colder, vegetation has ceased to exist, along with several
species. The lion, once the king of the jungle, is no more than an alley cat scavenging
The great white shark- reduced to the size of goldfish. A new predator is on the prowl.
stingray, once limited to shallow, sandy beaches, has evolved! With it's new
adaptations the power
of the stingray is unfurled, free to roam in the wide expanse of sea, air, and land.
Many advantages have evolved in the once conservative stingray. From the large
the present day animal, the stingray has been reduced in size and weight from an
average of 12
feet, 60 pounds to 3 feet, 15 pounds to provide from speed, stealth, and agility. The
pectoral fins have grown a protective hard scale resistant to the hardest of an enemy's
with the secretion of a special enzyme that causes pain and damage along with a
bitter taste to
avoid being eaten. It's powerful tail has been lengthened to provide offensive
coverage in a 360
degree area. Along with the sharp, barbed spines and deadly poisonous glands, the
stingray is now
an formidable opponent.
With the decrease in food supply, the stingray has adapted with his environment.
a sole marine animal, a stingray's diet has now included the usual fish and
crustaceans to birds and
small rodents. To achieve this new source of food, the stingray now has the capability
to move on
land in the form of a speedy slithering such as a snake might move. A set of lungs
adaptation enabling the stingray to breathe on land as well as water. In addition to
land and sea, if
a stingray should swim swiftly to the surface and break out high above, his new
capability to glide
would take effect. With a limit of a few minutes the stingray cannot sustain continued
would be able to act as a scavenger stealing away kills from other predators and
returning to the
murky depths. The bland coloring of his skin enables him to hide from the predators
as his skin
reflects off the colors surrounding his environment.
In a land surrounded by ice and water, a hard nose tooth, similar to a tusk, has grown
allow the stingray to break into crevices where urchins and such may be hiding. This
him to use the tooth as a weapon against invaders. In the harsh conditions of this new
ice age, the
stingray has evolved a number of advantages that should ensure their life span of
their species well
into the future.