The Mall of America has decided to temporarily halt the stingray exhibit, which is part of the Sea Life Aquarium. The team that handles the animals at the Sea Life Aquarium believed that the stingrays featured in the new exhibit, which opened on March 19, need a little break after what has been a busy month filled with tourists.
The stingrays have not yet become acclimated to the new environment, although most of them have seemed to be doing okay since the exhibit opened. It is better to give the stingrays a few days or a week of rest without the public around, which can ensure the stingrays are adjusted before becoming part of the public display at the Sea Life Aquarium. The new 12,000-gallon Stingray Adventure is over twice as big as the old stingray tank, and also features more variety in terms of stingrays. The new 12,000-gallon tank has cownose rays, Atlantic stingrays, and Southern stingrays. The cownose stingrays have flat faces, which is how they got their name. The Southern stingrays have fins that can grow between 2 and 3 feet long, so the Southern stingrays are like the boss of the exhibit.
It has not been announced when the stingray exhibit will reopen, although the temporary suspension of the exhibit should only last a couple weeks at most. None of the stingrays have exhibited any signs of being sick or irritated with the crowds, so this is just a precautionary measure to ensure the safety and health of the stingrays, as well as the safety of the public. If you are looking forward to seeing the stingrays at the Sea Life Aquarium, you should more than likely wait until the end of April or beginning of May.