The Kansas City Zoo is full of swimming creatures that visitors would love to pet: Sea lions. Otters. Polar bears. But touching is not allowed.
Now visitors finally have their chance to pet the sea life. That is, if all you are interested in touching are stingrays and sharks.
Stingray Bay opened to the public on Friday, and visitors could stick their hands into the 23,000-gallon saltwater tank to feel the fish.
The $3.5 million interactive exhibit contains 20 cownose rays, eight southern stingrays and 12 white-spotted bamboo sharks that swim around awaiting a touch from visitors.
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Should visitors be worried about getting stung or bitten by the fish? No, zoo officials say. The rays have had their stingers removed, and their jaws are more for grinding food rather than biting. And the sharks? They're bottom feeders and not considered aggressive.