Head on over to the bay where the stingrays play. Here, you will get to meet the Southern Stingrays up close. Native to the Atlantic Seaboard all the way from Brazil to New England, these aquatic animals can range from 25lbs to 214lbs.
Do you know how to tell the difference between the males and females? Male Southern Stingrays can grow up to two and a half feet in wingspan, with thinner skin and two claspers under their tail. The females can grow up to a sprawling six feet in wingspan with thicker skin and vents instead of claspers.
These fascinating creatures possess some truly remarkable feats. Southern Stingrays possess the ability to always find true north as they can tap into the earth’s magnetic field. They can breathe without moving. They are also highly intelligent as can be noted by their distinctive personalities. Our resident Stingrays also possess a talent for the arts as many of them have been trained to paint.
Guests who visit Stingray Bay can have the opportunity to pet these animals in their shallow pool area. We only require that all participants wash their hands at our provided stations both before and after interacting with the stingrays. This is for the safety and cleanliness of our guest as well as our animal ambassadors. Explorer Guides are present at the exhibit to answer any questions and help you get to know these animals.