Want to know what a stingray or shark feels like? Ray Bay at Long Island Aquarium is the place to find out! You can touch southern stingrays (Dasyatis americana), cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) and Atlantic stingrays (Dasyatis sabina)! For a small fee, you can even feed these large, beautiful animals. But hurry in to feed the rays soon – their food is portioned out and there is a limit to how much they can eat each day!
Ray Bay is also home to white-spotted bamboo sharks (Chiloscyllium plagiosum), slender bottom-dwellers that live in the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Indonesia, and Thailand to India.
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Stingrays are not the aggressive creatures many people believe.
Rays use their stinger primarily to avoid being eaten by predators.
The animals in this tank are bottom feeders and like sharks, rays have electroreceptors across their nose to help them detect the miniscule electrical potential created by invertebrates moving about on the ocean floor.