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If you're from Florida, you're likely pretty familiar with stingrays. In fact, in the Tampa Bay area, we've named our professional baseball team after them! Worldwide, there are over 60 species of stingrays and we're happy to have 2 of them as residents of Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Now if you haven't seen or been around stingrays before, it's not uncommon to be a bit intimidated. Stingrays have flat, wide bodies showing only their eyes on the top side, and their long tail and spine give them a very mysterious look. Plus, did you know that they're related to sharks? They are, but don't let that scare you away. Stingrays mostly prey on clams, oysters, shrimps, crabs, and mussels. They also try to avoid conflict by partially burying themselves amongst the ocean floor allowing their natural colors to blend in with its natural surroundings. Don't worry though, stingrays don't get pushed around. Their long tail and spine provide them with the necessary defenses against sharks and other stingrays.

Are you ready to get up close and personal with some stingrays? Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to 12 cownose rays and 2 southern rays which you can visit and feed (yes, feed) everyday as part of our stingray exhibit!

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