May 4 - May 5
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Stingray Cove opens May 4 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, giving visitors the opportunity to reach into the water and touch five species of stingrays.
Varied shapes and colors of stingrays inhabit the approximately 1,000 gallon tank, some swimming placidly in the clear water as human hands dip in to gently touch them and feel their somewhat velvety surfaces.
A visit to Stingray Cove is free with paid admission or membership to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. It puts a new spotlight on the South Pacific Aquarium, which is paired with the North Pacific Aquarium to give guests the opportunity to see hundreds of cold and warm water fish. Point Defiance is the only place in the Northwest where a zoo and an aquarium are combined.
Aquarists keep the stingrays’ barbs clipped, so there’s no need for visitors to worry about being stung. The clipping doesn’t hurt them; it’s analogous to a human fingernail trim.