THE OCEAN’S GENTLE GIANTS
Gliding through the water like majestic birds in the air, the over 100 rays on display in Ray Bay, are gentle, affectionate creatures.
In the wild, stingrays spend most of their lives buried in the sand out of the view of predators and divers. At the aquarium they relish the spotlight, and will even eat out of the hands of our divers.
Watch as divers enter the tank and hand feed these large but gentle animals.
At the shallow end of the tank visitors may take the opportunity to touch and get up close and personal with one of these beautiful animals.
Native to the Atlantic Ocean, the Cownose Ray is a schooling ray that can be found in large groups of thousands at a time.
These bottom feeders use the flaps surrounding their mouths to dig through the sand to locate buried prey such as clams, mussels, and oysters. Swimmers often mistake their pectoral fins as shark fins when they break the surface of the water.
The Spotted Eagle Ray
The Spotted Eagle Ray can be easily identified with its unique rounded snout and white polka-dots along its dark purple colored back.
These rays are considered a Near Threatened species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The Spotted Eagle Ray can reach a length of 16 feet and a wing span of 10 feet when fully grown.
Southern Stingrays, like all stingrays, have anywhere from 1-6 venomous spines with serrated barbs located along the base of the tail. These barbs are only used as a means of passive defense.
More Southern Stingray Factoids
These rays can grow to over 6 feet in length and can be found in along the west coast of the Atlantic Ocean. They prefer shallow coastal waters and typically hide under the sand.
The Bowmouth Guitarfish is related to sharks and rays mostly related to stingrays.
Highly distinctive in appearance, the bowmouth guitarfish has a wide, thick body with a blunt snout and large, shark-like dorsal and tail fins. This large species can grow to 8.9 ft long and 300 lb.