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Four baby stingrays arrive in time for Father’s Day

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 9:43 am

By Jennifer DiDomenico
A&E Editor


SEA LIFE Orlando has welcomed some new babies, just in time for Father’s Day.

The announcement of the arrival of the four, baby blue spotted stingrays was first made in May. To celebrate, the Orlando aquarium teamed up with Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies to host a special baby shower.

Since Mother’s Day, SEA LIFE has collected items for Winnie Palmer Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)— a facility within the hospital, dedicated exclusively to the needs of newborn babies. The collection will continue through this weekend, ending on Father’s Day.

Guests who donate a gift from the NICU baby registry before the weekend is over will receive 25 percent off of regular admission to the Aquarium.

Items on the registry include: WubbaNubs, rattles, linking rings, infant books, lullaby CDs, ball rattles, baby blankets and light swaddling blankets.

“The arrival of any new baby is an exciting time,” Sheila Bystrak, chief operating officer for Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, stated in a press release. “We’re honored to partner with SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium to celebrate the arrival of their newest tiny babies while they also support all of ours. We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our community.”

SEA LIFE Orlando is already home to a full stingray exhibit. But what’s unique about these rays is their species. They are from two different species of blue spotted stingrays: Taeniura lymna and Neotrygon kuhlii. In comparison to other rays, these babies will stay relatively small, only reaching 14 to 18 inches in total disc at full adulthood. You can visit them at SEA LIFE Orlando’s Pacific Ocean and Coral Caves habitat exhibits. 

“Just like any baby, we nursed and took care of our baby stingrays behind the scenes before we introduced them to all the other fish in our habitats,” Andrew Nerness, curator for SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, stated in the release. “These rays were bred and born at our sister SEA LIFE Aquariums in Arizona and Texas and exemplify our commitment to ethically and sustainably sourcing animals for our aquariums.”

Besides visiting SEA LIFE Orlando’s newest residents, you can see other colorful fish, seahorses, jellyfish and more. You can walk through 360-degree tunnels where fish will swim above your head, and 180-degree tunnels where you might even come face-to-face with a shark. (With glass between you, of course.)

SEA LIFE Orlando also offers guests to attend scheduled talk times, feedings and dive shows including Stingray Cove Talk, Indian Ocean Talk, Shark Ship Wreck Talk, Pacific Ocean Dive Show, Indian Ocean Dive Show, Atlantic Ocean Dive Show and more. All sessions take place daily, and run year-round. Behind-the-scenes tours are available with upgraded admission, even after entry to the aquarium.

The SEA LIFE chain is the world’s largest aquarium chain, with SEA LIFE Orlando being its 50th location launched in the world. Other locations include those in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. SEA LIFE Orlando is among eight other U.S. locations, found at the newly rebranded ICON Orlando 360: 8337 International Drive in Orlando. The aquarium is conveniently placed in the same building as Madame Tussauds wax museum and the entrance to the 400-foot observation wheel, ICON Orlando.

Admission to the SEA LIFE Orlando aquarium is $28 for adults, $23 for children ages 3-12. Tickets may be discounted if purchased online in advance, through a Florida resident, or with combined admission to Madame Tussauds ($39.95 for adults, $34.95 for children ages 3-12).

For more information on SEA LIFE Orlando and its baby shower admission promotion,