Our Shoreline Gallery is located at the top of Ray Bay. Here you have the opportunity to closely observe, interact with and even gently touch bottom-dwelling sharks. Guests will also have the opportunity to try their luck at petting a stingray! With four different species, there are lots of chances to reach in and connect with these amazing creatures. Don’t be shy! Stingrays are docile creatures, only stinging in self-defense.
Whitespotted Bamboo Shark
Whitespotted bamboo sharks use spiracles to draw in the water they breathe and can even use their pectoral fins to “walk” along the ocean floor in search of small fish and invertebrates. Shark skin is covered with tooth-like scales called dermal denticles. They are covered in enamel, just like our teeth, and give shark skin a surprisingly rough feeling.
Cownose rays form schools of as many as 10,000 to migrate. It is thought that they use water temperature and the orientation of the sun to help guide them. Using their frontal lobes (named after a cow’s nose), they sift through the ocean floor looking for tasty clams, snails, crabs and other invertebrates.
Spotted Eagle Ray
This beautiful ray consists of three species that inhabit tropical waters in the Atlantic, Indo-Pacific and East Pacific. Deserving of the name eagle ray, they are known to jump completely out of the water to escape predators or dislodge parasites. You can easily spot our eagle rays because they are covered in beautiful spotted markings!
• Stingray Experiences allow guests to get in Ray Bay and get up close and personal with our stingrays!
• Our Shoreline Gallery also showcases real shark eggs in our egg case, which allows guests to witness baby sharks swimming around within the “mermaid’s purse!”
• Check out our stingray barb interactive to learn all about how their sting works!