Our Tide Touch Pool is a thrilling and interactive way to examine marine life up close. At 37 feet long and holding over 2,000 gallons of water, this just may be the largest aquarium touch pool you’ve ever encountered!

Hop up on the platform overlooking SeaTREK and dip two fingers below the water’s surface, grazing the smooth rubber-like skin of a passing whip ray. Peer over the edge and you’ll see that the Stingray Bay Touch Pool is also home to SeaTREK, an underwater ocean walking experience!

Notable species

Whipray

Whipray

(Himantura uarnak)

Scientists believe that the high nutrient value of the uterine milk that nourishes stingray embryos is the reason for their 3,000 to 5,000 percent weight increase during development. Rays are the only vertebrates that have such a remarkable weight gain during fetal development.

Diet

Benthic and neritic organisms including shrimps, crabs, worms, and jellyfish

Size

6.6 feet

Habitat

Bottom-dwelling in nature, the reticulate whip ray is generally encountered over sandy flats near beaches, lagoons, and around coral reefs

Range

Primarily found in the Indo-Pacific, with a range extending from off eastern South Africa to the Arabian Peninsula

Nurse Shark

Nurse Shark

(Ginglymostoma cirratum)

Nurse sharks are nocturnal and will often rest on the sea floor during the day in groups of up to 40 sharks, sometimes piled on top of each other.

Diet

Carnivore

Size

7.5 to 9.5 feet

Habitat

Warm, shallow waters

Range

Western Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans

Hepatus Tang

Hepatus Tang

(Paracanthurus hepatus)

This fish is important for coral health as it eats algae that may otherwise choke the coral by overgrowth.

Diet

Omnivorous. Feed on plankton, but will also graze on algae

Size

Up to 12 inches

Habitat

Clear water on exposed outer reef areas or in channels where there is consistent moderate to strong current

Range

Indo-Pacific. Seen in reefs of East Africa, Japan, Samoa, New Caledonia, and the Great Barrier Reef, Samoa, Florida, East Africa, and Sri Lanka

Angelfish

Angelfish

(Pterophyllum Scalare)

Angelfish are freshwater members of the cichlid family. This group includes other popular fish such as oscars, Jack Dempseys, parrot fish and discus.

Diet

Omnivorous

Size

Up to 18 inches

Habitat

Swamps or flooded grounds where vegetation is dense and the water is either clear or silty

Range

Native to the Amazon basin in Peru, Columbia, and Brazil

Cownose Ray

Cownose Ray

(Rhinoptera bonasus)

Cownose Rays use two modified fins on their front side to produce suction, allowing them to draw food into their mouths. They crush the food with their dental plates.

Diet

Clams, oysters, and other invertebrates

Size

45 inches in width

Habitat

Commonly found in soft mud or sand bottoms near coral reefs, though they are often found in the open ocean at depths of up to 98.4 feet

Range

Western Atlantic and Carribbean, from New England, United States to southern Brazil

California Sea Cucumber

Giant California Sea Cucumber

(Parastichopus californicus)

Diet

Plankton and other organic matter

Size

Up to 1 foot 8 inches long

Habitat

Low intertidal zones

Range

Gulf of Alaska to Baja California

Chestnut-Cowrie

Chestnut Cowrie

(Neobernaya spadicea)

The opening in the shell has “teeth” which look like the mouth of a larger animal and acts as a deterrent to protect them from potential predators.

Diet

Algae, and occasionally sponges and corals

Size

Grow to 2 ½ inches

Habitat

Exposed rocky shores in the very low intertidal and subtidal zones. Found on overhanging rock ledges and on other somewhat sheltered rock surfaces.

Range

Deeper and colder waters of coastal California, from Monterey Bay to Baja and northern Mexico

Sea Stars

Sea Star

(Asteroidea)

Marine scientists have undertaken the difficult task of replacing the beloved starfish’s common name with sea star because, well, the starfish is not a fish. It’s an echinoderm, closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars.

Diet

Microalgae, sponges, snails, and other small animals

Size

4.7 - 9.4 inches

Habitat

Tropical coral reefs, rocky shores, tidal pools, and kelp forests, even the deep-sea floor down to at least 6,000 m (20,000 ft)

Range

Sea star species inhabit all of the world's oceans

Nudibranch

Nudibranch

(Nudibranchia)

Nudibranchs have cephalic (head) tentacles, which are sensitive to touch, taste, and smell.

Diet

Sponges, sea slug eggs, and on some occasions, other nudibranchs

Size

0.16 to 23.62 inches

Habitat

Nudibranchs live at virtually all depths of salt water, though the greatest diversity of nudibranchs is seen in warm, shallow reefs

Range

Nudibranchs occur in seas worldwide, including both the tropics and Antarctica

SeaTrek Divers

SeaTREK Divers

(Homo sapiens)

If you’re reading this, you’re a homo sapiens.

Diet

Omnivorous

Size

Males average a height of 5 feet 6 inches, while females average 5 feet 2 inches

Habitat

Humans have adapted to virtually all climates through the use of modern technology

Range

Homo sapiens can be found worldwide