Beachgoers try and save stingray caught by fisherman

The crowd thought the fisherman's catch was a manta ray - which is a protected species

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A hooked stingray sparked a huge stand-off between a group of beach-loving teens and a fisherman.

After catching the roughtail stingray the fisherman was urged by those on the beach – many of whom were teenagers enjoying a day out – to release his legal catch.

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The teenagers started taunting the fisherman as he dragged the stingray to the sand in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Captain Mark Berard explained how the crowd had thought the fisherman's catch was a manta ray which is a protected species.

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Crowd of teens on beach get into fight trying to save stingray from local fishermen

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The fisherman pulls the stingray from the sea for a second time

"A crowd started to build," he said. "There was some verbal exchanges and some taunting."

At one point the teens start trying to tug the line away from the fisherman before officials got to the scene.

Rebeccas Krawczyk, who often visits the beach, said: "Never seen one that size before so that caught our attention.

"There were a lot of people around us at the time.

"We overheard people talking about it and asked what happened."

The footage ends showing how the fisherman takes to the pier 20ft above the water and pulls the stingray for a second time from the sea after it is released.

No arrests were made.

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