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Sharks & Rays

Some sharks have to move to breathe.

Like its shark relatives, the stingray has electrical sensors that sense the natural electrical charges of potential prey.

Did you know that Sharks have lived on Earth for 450 million years, long before the dinosaurs, and even before trees?

Here at Mystic Aquarium, where sharks and rays are both part of our interactive experiences, fun and learning is right at your fingertips.

For sharks, maybe more than any other species, learning is critical. While they are among the most diverse, with 465 known species, myths about sharks also make them one of the most misunderstood in all the animal kingdom. They are also one of the most important. As apex predators, sharks are essential to the health of our ocean ecosystem.

Sharks’ fellow elasmobranch, the stringray, may not look like it with their wide, flat bodies and wing-like fins, but trust us, they are fish! The class of stingray is as unique as its form. The various species can range in size from mere inches up to six-and-a-half feet and from just a pound up to 790 pounds! Some stingrays move their whole bodies in a wave motion while others flap their fins. ​ They all use their tails for defense and eat an array of clams, oysters, shrimps, crabs and mussels.