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Rays up: Feed and train stingrays at the Florida Aquarium’s new experience

The new Feeding Stingray Experience teaches folks about the cownose stingray + brings them behind the curtain to see how to care for the marine creatures.

Two girls hold their hands out into a pool of water with food for a stingray

Experience what it’s like to be a stingray trainer for the day.

Photo via the Florida Aquarium

You’ll want to shuffle to the front of the line for this one.

The Florida Aquarium just unveiled its latest immersive marine life encounter: the Feeding Stingray experience. Yes, you read that right. This is your chance to see just what taking care of cownose stingrays actually looks like.

“I think this is a cool opportunity for guests because you get to see what we do in our normal day. This is how we take care of our stingrays,” said Anna Garcia, senior biologist at The Florida Aquarium. “People usually just see it when we’re feeding, but they don’t see the intricate details of what it takes to prep their food.”

The behind-the-scenes experience will also enlighten you on the creature’s diets, training, and their overall care, Garcia said.

What does the experience entail?

  • Meet a stingray biologist to learn about the creatures + how to care for them
  • Help prep the rays’ daily diet
  • Hand-feed the animals
  • Take part in a training session + pet the rays
A family watches their daughter measure out food on a scale for a stingray's meal.

Soon you’ll know what stingrays eat for dinner.

Photo via The Florida Aquarium

Get prepped for your visit

  • The experience takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
  • Aquarium guests can choose to add the stingray experience to their admission package — make sure to reserve your spot online. The additional package costs $30.
  • Guests must be at least eight years old, and accompanied by a parent if 12 and under.
  • Make sure to wear clothes you’re okay with getting a little sloshed.
  • The experience entails handling raw seafood + shellfish.
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