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De-barbing stingrays in ‘Ray Bay’

The Learn2rip Surf Academy, scientists from Cal State Long Beach and Seal Beach lifeguards are taking part in a seasonal effort to catch, study, de-barb and safely release more than 200 stingrays while cleaning the popular but polluted area near the Los Alamitos Bay jetties in Seal Beach.

The stingray wrangling is the first of three efforts in the next month and part of an ongoing effort to make the area where the sands of Seal Beach meet up with the mouth of the San Gabriel River safe and clean for the summer season, according to organizer Cary Ortiz, founder of the surf school, who has been cleaning the shallow waters for years.

The area near the jetties and Los Alamitos Bay is known as Ray Bay, where many people suffer stingray attacks each summer.