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Stingray Bay opens Saturday at Memphis Zoo

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

If you have ever wanted to feed a stingray or pet a shark, you now have an opportunity. Stingray Bay opens to the public Saturday morning at the Memphis Zoo. It's the first time in Zoo history that visitors will have the chance to touch and interact with marine animals.

The first worry that comes to mind is, "don't stingrays sting and sharks bite?" The answer would usually be yes, but not these guys.

Our rays are what we call barbless rays. We trim their barbs just like you would your finger nails. We go in a couple of times a season and trim them. So, no danger at all in touching or interacting with them," explains Erin Mayall with the Memphis Zoo. "All of their mouths are on the bottom. They are bottom feeders…we let our guests here pet the rays and feed the rays. You put your hand down in the water pretty far and they come along and the kinda suck the food right out of your hand, almost like a vacuum cleaner."

Stingray Bay will cost $4 a person to get in and extra $2 to feed the sea creatures. It will only be open during the warmer months. The stingrays and sharks will travel to Florida to escape some of the winter weather.

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