Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

This may sting: Sea Life temporarily shuts new exhibit because rays are 'stressed'

Author:

The new stars of Mall of America's Sea Life Aquarium seem to have a bit of "stage fright."

Sea Life unexpectedly closed its nearly month-old "Meet the Rays" exhibit last week, KSTP says, and it isn't expected to reopen for at least another week or two, City Pages reports.

"The stingrays are still acclimating to their new home, so unfortunately at this time visitors are unable to meet the rays to ensure the health of the animals," according to Sea Life Minnesota's website.

John Sullwold, marketing director for Sea Life, told City Pages some of the aquarium's newer stingrays have had trouble adjusting to the new 12,000-gallon pool where visitors can touch the rays.

The "stressed-out" stingrays will move off-exhibit into special tanks behind the scenes until they get used to their new home, while rays they've had longer will be on-exhibit, the publication notes.

The $2.2 million exhibit opened in mid-March. It is the largest addition to Mall of America's aquarium since it opened in 1996, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reports.

The other exhibits at Sea Life are still open.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' winning streak snapped at five games

The Wolves' bid for their longest winning streak since 2014 came up short.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Teen arrested over fatal shooting of 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park

Police say the teen was filming a social media video while handling a gun.

Joe Biden

President Biden coming to Minnesota to promote Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Tuesday's trip follows passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov gets into the holiday spirit to rout Jets

Kirill Kaprizov's four points led the Wild to a 7-1 victory.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Cure to Vikings' disrupted season lies in an explosive passing game

The Vikings go to San Francisco knowing that a win would be a huge boost to their playoff hopes.

unsplash football helmet ground

Judge upholds star QBs suspension for state championship game

Sam Backer, of Chatfield Senior High, won't be allowed to play in Friday's title game.

Screen Shot 2021-11-25 at 7.53.37 AM

Another 5,000 lbs. of goldfish removed from Carver County lakes

It all likely stemmed from people dumping their pets into local waters a few years ago.

Rosaleia Shelton

Appeal to find 19-year-old missing from Bloomington

The teen left her home on Monday afternoon.

hospital, emergency room

Deaths of twin fetuses after woman was shot ruled a double homicide

The woman was shot in the abdomen in mid-September.

Related