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Stingray Hideaway Coming To Newport Aquarium

Newport Aquarium
Artist rendering of Stingray Hideaway set to open in May at Newport Aquarium.

The Newport Aquarium's newest exhibit is Stingray Hideaway,  which features two dozen stingrays of various species. The 17,000 gallon tank will include places to touch the animals and a 30-foot long tunnel with 360 degree underwater views."To allow people to not only touch the animals from up top, they get to go underneath through the tunnels  and see all the animals from below," says Executive Director Eric Rose.

The stingrays' barbs have been removed. Rose says the barbs are made of cartilage and removing them does not cause pain to the animals.

A mobile stingray touch tank is already functional and will travel around Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to schools and other places where people can't get out to visit the aquarium.

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU
Three yellow stingrays will travel around bringing the exhibit to schools, community centers, etc.

"We'll travel all over the Tristate area engaging kids in schools and community centers  and the like and providing them a glimpse into our Stingray Hideaway," says Scott Wingate of the WAVE Foundation which is funding the traveling "Ray Cart."

Wingate estimates the mobile cart will extend the aquarium's reach to 100,000 people who normally wouldn't be able to visit the facility.

Stingray Hideaway is being built in the former Canyon Falls space.

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU
Canyon Falls is coming down to make way for Stingray Hideaway.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.