Shedd Aquarium to open interactive "Stingray Touch" exhibit
"Despite the reputation built up by their name, stingrays are actually gentle, soft creatures that are safe for guests to touch," said Bill Van Bonn, Shedd Aquarium vice president of animal health, in an official news release.
His statement should ease any qualms about sticking your hands inside an 18,000-gallon pool to pet the 40 cownose and yellow rays that'll be on display at the Shedd Aquarium's upcoming outdoor exhibit, "Stingray Touch," opening on April 27. If you need more assurance, Dr. Bonn added, the ray's barbs have been "painlessly trimmed." Without the barb—a sharp pointed stinger used in acts of self-defense against predators—stingrays are harmless.
The cost has yet to be determined for this 15-minute experience, which is one of several interactive attractions at the Shedd including the Beluga Encounter, Penguin Encounter and Polar Play Zone's Sea Stars.