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South Georgia can get up close with stingrays

September 4, 2006

Albany-  You can get up close with dangerous stingrays in a safe environment right here in Albany.  Southern and Atlantic Stingrays are on display as part of the Venom exhibit at the Flint Riverquarium.  They're kept in a shallow pool where you can actually touch them and feed them. 

Both stingrays can be found in waters off Florida's shores.  The stingrays in the Riverquarium are not so dangerous as what you might see in the wild.  Their barbs have been removed. 

"We just trim them off, they're just like your finger nail, they need to be trimmed once in a while, and eventually they grow back, like every four to six months, but we remove them out of the water, we put some wet towels on the top of then and then we get some needle nose pliers and we just cut them off with the needle nose pliers," said Holly Hayden, Aquarist One. 

The public can feed the stingrays Monday through Wednesday and Friday at 11:00 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

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