Special delivery: stingray pups born!

Published April 08, 2008

A diver collects a baby stingray in the Aquarium\'s exhibit.Southern stingray pups are born in the Wings in the Water exhibit on a regular basis. Our divers quickly catch the newborns and move them to a behind-the- scenes area so they don't end up as food for the larger rays. These juveniles are shipped to other accredited institutions around the country.  Southern stingrays have a gestation period of about six months. The eggs hatch within the mother's body, and the pups, up to ten in a litter, average 9.5 inches across at birth and their "wings" are curled up – like crepes.

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