These are the spines of stingrays, essentially elongate, modified scales located near the base of the animal's tail. Stingrays use these as defensive weapons to pierce the skin of attackers and deposit a toxin in the wound.
Though rarely fatal to humans, the sting can be extremely painful. A terrible exception to this general rule resulted in the death of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, who was stung directly in the heart in 2006, while working on an underwater documentary film sequence.
Dimensions: 0.50"W x 6"L x 0.01"D
Scientific Name: Myliobatoidei sp.
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