LOCATION: Auckland, Gisborne, Mokohinau Islands, New Zealand
MISSION: Should We Fear Stingrays?
Riley has a fear of stingrays. Like many people the death of Croc Hunter Steve Irwin led him to believe that stingrays are dangerous animals. But are they?
To find out and to challenge his fear, Riley heads out to meet a bunch of stingray enthusiasts and stingrays. First stop is a marina where locals and visitors have come to know individual animals. Second stop is home to some massive stingrays, Kelly Tarltons Sea Life Aquarium. Third stop is Gisborne where Riley hand feeds animals in the wild. Finally, Riley heads offshore to find stingrays that will never have interacted with humans before. In the process he will work through his own fear and find out whether the stingray’s reputation for being dangerous is justified.