A stingray is a unique aquatic animal with broad fins that give them a round, flat shape. Some rays use these fins to swim, while others use their whole body to move through the waves. Some stingrays can grow up to 6.5 feet and weigh as much as 790 pounds. A stingray’s eyes sit on top of its body, while the mouth, nostrils and gill slits can be found on the underbelly. Stingrays also have a special organ called ampullae of Lorenzini around their mouth which functions as an electrical sensor and helps the stingray locate prey. Almost all species of stingrays have barbed stingers on their tail which is used for self-defense.
Stingray at the Akron Zoo
Stingrays at the zoo can be found in the Komodo Kingdom rainforest habitat.