Ready for touch
Cownose rays are tactile animals—they naturally school together, brushing up against each other while swimming. This social status makes them a perfect fit for hands-on encounters at Stingray Touch.
No need to worry about the "sting" in the species' name. While wild stingrays have extendable spines to protect them from predators, at Shedd these "stingers" are harmlessly clipped, just like fingernails.
Discover meal prep for cownose rays with aquarist Alice Bereman.
“There are so many animals people can’t get close to. This species is very gentle!”Senior Aquarist Alice Bereman