Watch: Fever of rays near Sanibel

Posted at 2:17 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-05 14:17:44-04

SANIBEL, Fla. -- Some beach goers on Sanibel were treated to a breathtaking sight this Independence Day: a large school of rays gathering just off the beach.

Jeff Smith shared this video with Fox 4 that he recorded with a drone near Blind Pass Beach.

Cownose rays are a type of eagle ray that migrate to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts every summer, sometimes gathering in schools of over 1,000, referred to as a 'fever' of rays.

While this type of ray does carry a venomous spine on its tail that could be painful if you're stung, they're generally considered docile and not aggressive.