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PO Box 97
14200 Solomons Island Road
Solomons, MD 20688
P: 410-326-2042
F: 410-326-6691

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Secrets of the Mermaid's Purse: Skates and Rays Exhibit

This feature tank and exhibit is located off of the lobby area of the Museum. Here you can see the flattened cousins of the shark that are located in our local waters. We have skates and stingrays in this exhibit and supervised touching is permitted (ask a staff member for assistance). One of the main differences between skates and stingrays is that stingrays give live birth to babies referred to as pups, and skates lay egg cases, better known as "mermaid purses." You will have the chance to see the developmental stages of the egg cases via a live exhibit and be able to test your knowledge on skates and stingrays by taking the touch screen quiz (hint: all answers are found in the graphics).

Talk, also, with our trained docents to learn all about these cousins of the shark!