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|Ray Touch Pool|
Kids and grown-ups alike can literally get a feel for these gentle, mysterious creatures, as they glide gracefully just below the water's surface and within easy reach of your fingertips.
The Ray Touch Pool is currently home to Cownose and Atlantic Rays, and White-spotted Bamboo sharks. The Cownose and Atlantic Rays are native to the Atlantic Ocean. Related to the shark family, they have cartilage and small shark-like dorsal fins. Adult Atlantic rays are typically 9 – 12 inches across, while adult Cownose rays can grow to 36 inches across! When you visit, see if you can tell which rays are Atlantic and which are Cownose. The hint is in their name! Watch and touch these beautiful creatures as they ‘fly’ by, pectoral fins flapping up and down like the wings of a bird, just below your fingertips. During Summer hours you can even have a chance to feed them with our Ray Feeding Program. Go inside to the Main Gallery for an opportunity to learn more about and touch a White-spotted Bamboo shark at our Shark Encounters exhibit. Two more fun ways Mystic Aquarium gives you a personal, hands-on experience.
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Dawn Holman and Elizabeth Lillie are featured in this video to talk about our Water Quality Lab here at Mystic Aquarium.
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