Ripley’s Aquarium welcomed a new stingray to the world this week.
The Myrtle Beach attraction announced Friday that a spotted eagle ray pup was born Nov. 17 at the aquarium. The 4-pound female pup is the first captive-born spotted eagle ray in the state. The mother stingray has been at Ripley’s since 2004.
In the wild, stingrays are typically found in tropical seas and prefer swimming in shallow coastal waters near coral reefs. Spotted eagle rays have dark backs covered in white spots or rings. They have flat snouts similar to duck bills.