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Saltmarsh Aviary reopens at South Carolina Aquarium

Courtesy South Carolina Aquarium

CHARLESTON, S.C. — On March 19, the South Carolina Aquarium reopened its 2,500-square-foot outdoor immersive exhibit Saltmarsh Aviary, which includes a new experience where visitors can feed stingrays.

The renovated exhibit, which features expansive views of the Charleston harbor, has a variety of coastal plants, birds and marine life, including herons, diamondback terrapins and pufferfish.
 Visitors can now purchased a cup of local sustainable shrimp at Gilligan’s Shrimp Shack just outside the exhibit and take it to the new 6,000-gallon stingray tank inside the Saltmarsh Aviary where more than 25 rays bite the shrimp off the feeding device.

In addition to feeding stingray, visitors can touch them in an indoor touch tank in a re-created fishing village.

The South Carolina Aquarium features thousands of aquatic animals from river otters and sharks to loggerhead turtles in more than 50 exhibits representing the rich biodiversity of South Carolina from the mountains to the ocean.