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.

Please note: Due to the pandemic, the touch tank is currently open for viewing only (no touching).


Visitors to the Shark and Ray Touch Tank can observe 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.

Please note: As of April 12, this exhibit will open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday-Thursday, and close to visitors 15 minutes before the Aquarium closes every day.

cownose rays in the touch tank

How to Be a Shark and Ray Whisperer

What is the best way to get to know a shark? The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank is a place where people can come and interact with sharks and rays. This video explains how the exhibit works.