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Southern Stingrays Born at SEA LIFE Aquarium

Feb 21, 2016 09:22AM ● By Kevin
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium announces new additions to its aquatic family: three female southern stingray pups born last month. Residing in the aquarium for a limited time before traveling to a sister SEA LIFE location, the stingray pups’ birth is a part of SEA LIFE’s “Breed, Rescue, Protect” conservation program.

SEA LIFE is passionate about conserving marine habitats and protecting the species that live in them and runs breeding programs throughout the world for creatures as diverse as sharks, rays, penguins and turtles. More than 60 species living in SEA LIFE aquariums came from internal breeding programs. SEA LIFE aims to increase the number to 135 species through its 50 breeding programs around the world.

“Watching the ray pups grow in the next couple of months will be a special treat for our visitors,” said Dalia Goldgor, General Manager at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord. “We hope to inspire guests of all ages to join us in working to preserve our marine heritage for future generations and learn more about SEA LIFE’s ‘Breed, Rescue, Protect’ mission.”

The new female stingray pups at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord currently measure 10 inches in diameter. Female southern stingrays typically reach a maximum size of approximately six feet in diameter and may weigh more than 300 pounds. Native to the Western Atlantic region, these are bottom-dwelling creatures that are distinguished from other ray species by their flat, diamond-shaped bodies. The southern stingray also has wing-like pectoral fins, which are used to swim across the ocean bottom.

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord’s southern stingray pups can be seen in the quarantine tank on the aquarium’s Behind-the-Scenes Tour in February and March. Admission tickets are available online for as low as $12.95. To learn more, visit visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord.

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