STINGRAYS AT LLPA
10 Fascinating Facts About Stingrays
Friday, April 05, 2019 written by Jennie Kwok and photographed by Mika Miller
We hope to ray-se awareness about stingrays!
- The numbers of stingray are in decline. Overfishing, habitat loss, and climate change are the major threats to rays. They’re also hunted for their gill rakers for use in Chinese medicine. At present, 539 species of ray assessed are under the IUCN Red List, and 107 are classified as threatened.
- Females can control when they become pregnant. They keep the sperm banked in their bodies until they feel ready to have babies.
- Baby stingrays are born fully developed and can take care of themselves from the moment of birth. However, mothers still stick around to provide protection until around age three.
- Stingrays don’t have bones; their skeletons are made of flexible cartilage.
- Fossil records date stingrays back to the Jurassic period, 150 million years ago. These fossils are hard to come by due to their lack of bones. Some of the only evidence they’ve left behind are scales and teeth.
- Their long tails have venomous spines or barbs, which are used for protection from predators. In ancient Greece, dentists once used the venom as anesthetic.
- They don’t use their eyes for hunting. Instead, special sensors are used which can detect the tiny electrical charges emitted by their prey.
- They eat clams, oysters, shrimps, crabs, and mussels which can be crushed by their powerful jaws.
- Stingrays are inactive most of the time. They can usually be found lying on the ocean floor, partially buried in the sand.
- They’re not aggressive by nature. Shuffling your feet along a sandy shallow sea floor is the best way to avoid stepping on a stingray and potentially getting stung.
Now it’s your turn to finally meet these happy creatures at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.
Feed the Stingrays FAQs
- What date and time do you offer this opportunity?
- Once every day (including Sundays) only at 11:30 a.m. We do recommend that you come in around 11 a.m. to check-in and sign waivers.
- Is there an age restriction?
- No—all ages are welcome!
- Can a guardian help younger children during the encounter?
- Absolutely. It is in an open area where all family members and friends that aren’t participating, can view or assist during the feeding.
- How many people do you permit to participate?
- There is a 5-person limit per day.
- Are pictures allowed?
- Yes, and don’t be afraid to ask employees for help. We encourage you to post and tag us on social media using #LLPA.
- Do I need to purchase general admission to participate?
- General admission tickets or a valid membership is required for the stingray feed. They can be bought in-person or on our website here: https://thelivingplanet.com/tickets/.
- Where can I check current availability or book a spot?
- Our website has an updated availability calendar once you select whether you are “regular” or a “member” at the following link: https://thelivingplanet.com/animalencounters/. If you need additional help, give us a call at 801-355-3474 ext. 222.
You don’t want to miss out on creating a cherished new memory—make a reservation now!