Stingray Photobomb

Stingray Photobomb

Updated Dec 14, 2012 at 12:43PM EST by Don.

Added Oct 02, 2012 at 03:08PM EDT by ihavenousername1.

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Stingray Photobomb is a photo featuring three young women startled with a stingray at their backs. The photo went viral in September 2012 after it was posted on Reddit.


On September 25th, 2012, Redditor CallMeDOK submitted a photo titled “Photobombing Stingray” (shown below, left) to the Advice Animals subreddit[2] depicting a stingray posing behind two girls in bikinis. The caption read “Killed Steve Irwin / Killin it with the ladies,” referencing television personality’s untimely death in 2006 after being pierced in the chest with a stingray barb. The submission earned 3067 upvotes and 1134 points overall.

The following day, Redditor epic676 submitted a similar photo, this time depicting three young women, Kendall Harlan, Sarah Bourland and Natalie Zaysoff, startled at the stingray’s suprise appearance, with the title “I see your stingray Photobomb and raise you!”[1] to /r/Funny. It received 12,972 upvotes, 2365 points overall and 484 comments. The photo was originally taken on a spring break trip to Stingray City in the Cayman Islands in 2008, when the women were sophomores at Texas Christian University. The image was originally uploaded to the girls’ Facebook pages, where former classmate and Redditor epic676 found it.[3]


Shortly after epic676’s /r/Funny submission, the photo was featured on Buzzfeed[6] and Gawker.[7] a Quickmeme page titled Pervert Stingray[4] was established and an instance was submitted to the Advice Animals subreddit.[5] It gained 15,415 upvotes and 2014 points overall.

Between September 27th and and 28th, the photo was featured on news sites and internet culture blogs including Mashable[8], the Huffington Post[9], the International Business Times[10], io9[11], People Pets[12], Yahoo! News[13] and the New York Daily News.[14] Following the photo’s spread across the web, one of the girls depicted shared the story behind the photo with the Huffington Post[15] on October 1st, providing a more peaceful photo (shown below) taken right before their guide put the stingray on their backs.

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