Stingray City is a series of shallow sandbars found in the North Sound of Grand Cayman where Southern Stingrays are found in abundance and visitors can pet and interact with these beautiful docile creatures. Stingray City locations were inadvertently created in the mid-1980s as fishermen returning to port anchored in the calm waters of the sound to clean their catch, casting bait overboard. Southern Stingrays, which hunt by sense of smell, quickly discovered these new “restaurants” where they now dine primarily on handouts of squid provided by divers and snorkelers during their visits to the Cayman Islands. Ideal for extended diving and snorkeling, the locations are situated in shallow water ranging from 3-12 feet (1-3.5 m). Collectively, the sites are frequented by 30-40 friendly stingrays which are eager to find out what you brought for them to eat.