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SHARKS Touch Habitat

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In the heart of our Main Gallery swim several species of shark, waiting for you to gently touch as they glide past. This touch habitat provides hands-on exposure to non-threatening sharks, thus encouraging a safe interaction with the species while learning about their incredible contributions to the ocean’s health.

With 25% of all shark and ray species threatened with extinction, the educated staff at the SHARKS touch habitat share fascinating facts about these and other shark species to help educate you about these mysterious and elusive animals all while inspiring you to  act in ways that promote the conservation of sharks.

The Species of SHARKS
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  • Epaulette Shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum)
  • Whitespotted bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium plagiosum)
  • Brownbanded bamboo shark (Chilloscyllium punctatum)
  • Yellow stingray (Urobatis jamaicensis)
  • Bluespotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura lymma)
  • Atlantic stingray (Hypanus sabinus)
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This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, MA-10-19-0330-19.

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