I thought the same thing when I read the news story wise2u. I have to believe that there will be those that cancel this tour because of these incidents. Which is a shame because this is one of if not the best tours you can take for the western Caribbean. The stingrays at Stingray city are very tame. They get stepped on and they do nothing more than swim away. The tour operators pick up the big ones for pictures all the time and they don't seem to mind a bit. There are some rays that are still weary, but they will stay clear most of the time anyway. If anyone is worried about stingray city, don't be. Comparing the stingray injuries to stingray city would be like equating doing the dolphin encounter with wild dolphins...
I spoke to a friend of mine who is one of the trainers at Sea World and he told me that they remove the barbs from them when they see them and he said he doesn't think they should be a concern to anyone. Go on vacation and have fun. People have been going to the stingray show for a long time and to my knowledge there has been no mishaps there.
Did anyone hear about the old man fishing in Florida, I think it was, when a stingray actually jumped into his boat and barbed him through the heart? He survived, they said, because he did not remove the barb. Stingrays are not pets. I have seen people overwhelmed by them when they were feeding them. It did not look like fun to me.
The stingray did not jump into the boat and stab the man. The stingray was pulled in while fishing and the man was trying to get it back into the water when he was hit by the tail. Yes, he is in good shape and will most likely survive. If you do not think that feeding the stingrays looked fun, then it is not for you. I found it to be a very cool experience and was not worried at all.