Want to know what a stingray or shark feels like? Ray Bay exhibit 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 as their food 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. Make sure to check out the sting rays as soon as you come in.
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If you’re looking to cool off on a hot summer’s day, Long Island Aquarium has just the place for you – our Interactive Salt Marsh.
Nestled alongside the Peconic River, our salt marsh exhibit represents a typical marine habitat often found in estuaries. Salt marshes are coastal wetlands rich in marine life. They are sometimes called tidal marshes because they occur in the zone between low and high tides. Salt marshes often occur in estuaries, where fresh water from the land mixes with sea water. The salt marsh ecosystem serves many important functions. It buffers stormy seas, removes harmful pollutants and toxins from the sea water, slows shoreline erosion and provides vital food and habitat for sea life. It also provides nesting sites for several migratory birds.
Visitors 42.5 inches or taller (children must be beyond diaper age please!) can roll up their pants and take off their shoes to get an up-close look at Long Island’s marine life. An aquarium staff member will guide you through the marsh, while describing the many inhabitants of our local salt marshes, which include horseshoe crabs, spider crabs and whelks!
Daily; Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekends in September
For such a common fish, the flounder (Pleuronectes americanus) can be surprisingly difficult to find. Its flat body and ability to change color makes it hard to spot on the ocean floor – the better to fool unsuspecting prey and hide from predators. Come try it out at our flounder find.
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