As skates and stingrays gracefully glide around the open exhibit, visitors can feel their silky smooth “wings.” The Aquarium’s stingrays and skates are safe to touch. Aquarists humanely clip the venomous barbs that stingrays use as protection against predators. Unlike rays, skates rely on large thorns on their backs and tails for protection.
In addition to the skates and rays on exhibit, many other species can be found in North Carolina waters, including smooth butterfly rays, spotted eagle rays, southern rays, winter skates, little skates and barndoor skates.
The Aquarium offers visitors a chance to feed the skates and rays on exhibit. Check the online calendar for the Breakfast with the Rays program schedule and fees.