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Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier manager Mike Pinzone caught a hungry bunch of stingrays searching for minnows and mullet fish near the pier on Sunday.

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A fever of stingrays searching for minnows was caught on video at Pensacola Beach on Sunday.
Courtesy of Mike Pinzone

Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier manager Mike Pinzone captured video of a fever of stingrays on Sunday morning.(Photo: Courtesy of Mike Pinzone)

The fall season in Pensacola typically brings a breeze in the air, a pumpkin-flavored frenzy and, apparently, a massive group of stingrays at Pensacola Beach. 

Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier manager Mike Pinzone captured video on his cellphone Sunday morning of a group of stingrays — known as “fevers” — while standing on the pier.

He said he only spots fevers about once a year, and it’s always in October or November. 

“This time of year we get a lot of cigar minnows and mullet fish that come through to feed,” Pinzone said. “A lot of different species come through, and the stingrays are looking to feed on them.” 

Pinzone said the stingrays will follow the length of the pier in a fever and sometimes make more than one sweep in search of their feast.

Jake Newby can be reached at or 850-435-8538. 

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