A “fever” of 10,000 golden stingrays — migrating

Thousands of stingrays migrating between Yucatan and Florida: Photo by Sandra Critelli

Good Morning, God

My brother sent this photo. Apparently, 10,00 golden cow-nose stingrays migrate between the Yucatan peninsula and Florida — twice each year. Why? Apparently, Florida is their summer feeding-ground.

Hmm. They congregate into “fevers” of ten thousand and then set out on their voyages. That’s a lot of golden cow-nose stingrays! And, they are flourishing — mating in winter and having litters of 5 – 10 young.

How do they know where and when to gather? I’ve wondered about this before, God, as our Ka Leo (golden plovers) congregate in April to fly to Alaska, returning in August. Whales, too, migrate between Alaska and Hawaii.

Our Earth is filled with amazing creatures — doing their “thing” without our help or even our understanding. I feel left out! We ought to understand, God! Maybe someday. Meanwhile, pondering the migration of diverse creatures fills me with wonder.

I am so easily entranced by what we humans know and have done (the iPhone being my favorite) that I forget just how much we don’t know. We don’t even have the questions yet. We are surrounded by mystery and don’t see it. But, sitting here and looking at these thousands of stingrays on their way to Florida opens a door to the vastness of what we cannot comprehend. Thank You, God, for migrations — and mysteries!

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