The new shark and ray touchpool named “Shark Discovery”

Shark Discovery, the new 13,000-gallon shark and ray touchpool, at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is now open.

The new pool measures approximately 60-feet-long by 16-feet at its widest point--six times the size of the previous stingray touchpool at the Aquarium. A massive interactive LED screen running the entire length of the pool features a variety of sharks, rays, and fish to highlight the diversity of the ocean.

The habitat will be home to a number of shark and ray species, including white spotted bamboo shark, epaulette shark, southern stingray, coral cat shark, bullnose ray, blue-spotted stingray, and cownose stingray

Sharks play a vital role in top-down maintenance of ocean ecosystems around the world. Globally, shark and ray species are threatened with extinction largely due to overfishing and other unsustainable human practices. As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA), Audubon Aquarium has partnered with fellow member organizations to help Save Animals From Extinction (SAFE). AZA SAFE provides a new approach for collaborative conservation — the AZA SAFE Conservation Action Plan includes specific projects, goals, and actions to address the needs of each species, including sharks and rays.