The touch pool hosts stingray, sea starfish, cat sharks, and sea urchins. Please observe the following touching rules while visiting this exhibit:
1) Never try to grab at the animals and remove them from the water. This causes a lot of stress to the animals.
2) The animals will approach only if there is silence. In fact, sound is transmitted five times faster in water than in air and loud sounds scare away fish and marine invertebrates.
Mediterranean starry ray Raja asterias
This species is commonly found in the Mediterranean Sea and in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. It can grow up to 70 centimeters long. Its eyes are located on its back behind the spiracles. These spiracles or “holes” allow water to enter during breathing. It is an oviparous species that lays its eggs on the seabed. The eggs are protected by a rugged egg case.