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Action News 5's Justin Hanson got in the water with the sharks and stingrays. Action News 5's Justin Hanson got in the water with the sharks and stingrays.
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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - It's a balmy 78 degrees inside Stingray Bay, the Memphis Zoo's newest exhibit featuring stingrays and sharks.

Stingray Bay opens to members Saturday morning.

With the opening of this new exhibit, Mid-Southerners can now get up close and personal with one of the sea's sleek creatures, the stingray.

"They feel really soft and smooth, there's a little bit of mucus on top, no rough edges or anything like that," said Emily Burford, Memphis Zoo. 

Starting this weekend, visitors will be able to touch and interact with these marine animals, in a controlled environment.

"You will be able to come as a guest and lean over the side and feed them if you're lucky enough to get here during feeding time," Burford continued.

In addition to the two species of stingrays, the Cownose and the larger Southern stingray, this exhibit also features two species of shark.

The largest Stingray, named Scarlet, weighs 120 pounds.

Stingray Bay opens to the general public March 9.

It will stay open through October.

Zoo officials say this same exhibit will be back here in Memphis next year.

For more information, click here: http://memphiszoo.org/

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