Live life like a shark or a ray!

Submerge yourself in the New England Aquarium’s Shark and Ray Touch Tank with this awesome 360° video.

Click on the video below to expand the screen and move the cursor. Just like the real Amazon, our exhibit is full of hidden creatures, so explore carefully! 

360° Video: Sharks and Rays


Visitors to the Shark and Ray Touch Tank can reach out and gently stroke cownose rays, Atlantic rays, and epaulette sharks as they swim gracefully through the crystal-clear water.

The exhibit presents these incredible species in a way that highlights their importance in a healthy ocean ecosystem. It also emphasizes the value of conserving essential coastal habitats, such as mangroves and lagoons.

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Conservation Context

The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank represents a mangrove environment. As impacts from climate change—including sea level rise and more powerful coastal storms—become more severe, ecosystems like mangrove forests are more important than ever.  
Mangrove forests protect shorelines from damaging storm and hurricane winds, waves, and floods. Mangroves also help prevent erosion by stabilizing sediments with their tangled root systems. They maintain water quality and clarity, filtering pollutants and trapping sediments originating from land.
A visitor watches sharks and rays in the New Balance Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank.

The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank features sharks and rays in a mangrove-themed tank surrounded by shallow edges and viewing windows, allowing visitors to experience a close encounter with these animals.