There is nothing quite like the feel of a stingray gliding
across your fingertips and this spring, Shedd Aquarium will give
more Chicago families the chance to experience it first-hand in a
special outdoor exhibit featuring about 40 cownose rays and yellow
Stingray Touch opens April 27 in a tent on the aquarium's south
"Shedd has a long history of caring for several species of rays
throughout our 83-year history, and they have always mesmerized our
guests. We wanted to nurture that natural interest by bringing the
awe and beauty of these animals to them in an up-close and
educational way," President and CEO Ted A. Beattie says in a news
release announcing the exhibit.
"Dipping your hand in the water, and running your fingers across
the slippery soft wing of a ray is an incredible experience.
Stingray Touch creates the opportunity to learn about rays and gain
an appreciation for our oceans and ecosystems through a meaningful
connection with these animals," he says.
The rays will be housed in an 18,000-gallon, 2 ½-foot deep pool.
Visitors will get a 15-minute touch experience while Shedd staff
shares information about the stingrays and the need to consume only
sustainable seafood to protect marine animals.
The exhibit runs until fall, weather permitting. Watch sheddaquarium.org for more
information in the coming weeks.
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