On a recent Saturday afternoon, the fish-eating stingrays were still circling above the rocky shoreline of the Pacific Ocean near Kauai, Hawaii.
They were in full view of the Hawaiian sun.
They had their mouths open and were eating the bait, just like the rest of the reef fish.
But one of the stingrays caught the bait and tossed it to the ground.
The stingray, a rare male, was in the process of eating a fish.
The fish that was tossed to the ocean was a tiny red stingray.
Its body was covered in a black band that looked like a black hole.
The tiny fish looked like it had a little piece of coral on it.
The only thing that separated the two was the black and white stripes on its belly.
That was the red stingrays’ “death,” according to the Department of Agriculture.
They are a type of stingray that live in the Pacific.
The red sting ray, called a red-crowned stingray or a kahuku, is an invasive species that has invaded Hawaii.
The Department of Commerce is monitoring the situation to ensure the species is contained.
“It’s the first time in Hawaii we’ve seen a red sting in a native species,” said Dr. Mike Sperry, a professor of biology at the University of Hawaii.
“I think it’s probably the first red-tailed sting we’ve ever seen in Hawaii.”
A small fish that lives in the red-tail stingray’s belly.
It’s estimated there are as many as 20 red-tails living in Hawaii.
But scientists have not recorded a single red-striped sting on the state.
It’s unclear if the red tail stingray has a direct relationship to kahukas, or whether it is related to other red-tailed stingrays in Hawaii or to a more common species that also lives in Hawaii, called the kahaku.
“We don’t know yet whether this species is related or not,” Spery said.
Red-tailed stings in Hawaii were first recorded in 1997.
“The red-winged kahukea is a native of South America and is a species that is a bit more common here than it is elsewhere in the world,” said Sperrry.
The Hawaiian Red-tail Stingray is also known as the red kahuka, and the species was introduced to the United States in 2002.
In 2005, the Department, with the help of the Kauai Department of Fish and Wildlife, began tracking the red stings on the Big Island.
The red stingers were found in several locations in the state, including at the beach, in some public restrooms and in some areas of the Kona Coast, where the fish are also known to live.
The species has been documented in several Hawaiian islands.
The department recently added two more red-tinged stingrays to its list of invasive species, including two in the Hawaiian Islands and one in the mainland.
In addition to red-footed stings, the department is also looking into the possibility that there could be other red sting rays that live on Hawaii.