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STINGRAYS

You will get the chance to pet, interact with, and even hand feed adorable stingrays at the Tarpon Springs Aquarium. We also involve our rays in our animal enrichment program! Did you know stingrays like to play?! 

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Our Rays

Cownose Stingray

Rhinoptera bonasus

Lifespan: 16-18 years

Maximum Size: debated, 84 inch disc radius

Diet: Bivalve Mollusks, Bony Fish, Crustaceans

Conservation Status: Near Threatened

Fun Fact: Much like our cousins, sharks, our skeleton is made up of cartilage!

Southern Stingray

Dasyatis americana

Lifespan: currently unknown

Maximum Size: debated, 6.5 ft disc width, 200-500 lbs

Diet: Bivalve Mollusks, Worms, Crustaceans, Bony Fish

Conservation Status: Data deficient

Fun Fact: I have holes behind my eyes called spiracles, they allow me to breathe while I lay on the sandy bottom.

Atlantic Stingray

Dasyatis sabina

Lifespan: 9 years

Maximum Size: 12-15 inch disc width, 5 pounds

Diet: Bivalves, Tube Anemones, Amphipods, Crustaceans, Clams, and Nereid Worms.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Fun Fact: Even though I have a venomous spine on top of my tail, I am not aggressive and will only use it to defend myself from predators or being stepped on! Always be sure to stingray shuffle at the beach!