Stingrays take over Sci-Port

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 5:36pm

Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center is currently hosting SeaLife Encounters at Sci-Port through Sunday, June 30. SeaLife Encounters at Sci-Port gives visitors the opportunity to touch and feed live, wild stingrays. Specifically, the traveling exhibit features 6 to 12 adolescent stingrays that have had their defensive barbs removed; types of stingrays and other animals include Atlantic stingrays, cownose stingrays, starfish, horseshoe crabs and southern stingrays.

The cost for exhibit admission is $2 for Sci-Port Members and $3 for Future Members. To feed the animals, there is an additional $3 cost.

The hands-on experience is accompanied by static displays showing how stingrays can be used in everyday life. The exhibit is open during the Center’s normal operating hours, and uniformed, knowledgeable staff is on duty to interact with guests and answer questions.

To complement the exhibit, Sci-Port is hosting an array of new programs, as well as giving Birthday Blasts participants the opportunity to add-on the SeaLife Encounters at Sci-Port experience.

Rotating programs at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily throughout the duration of the exhibit are free with paid Center admission and include:

Hi, Tide! (May 13-19; June 3-9 & June 24-30) - Understand how the sun and the moon affect the tides of the ocean, and make a wheel that shows what phase of the moon and position of the sun do to the oceanic tides!
Blowin’ in the Wind (May 6-12; May 27-June 3 & June 17-23) - Help demonstrate the effects of a hurricane's high winds, and make a handy weather wheel to predict hurricane damage.
Stingray Shuffle (April 29-May 5; May 20-26 & June 10-16) - Learn more about the stingrays that you can see and touch in SeaLife Encounters at Sci-Port, and make your own “flying” friend.
Plus, Sci-Port is hosting daily demonstrations to complement the SeaLife Encounters experience at 2:30 and 3 p.m. through June 30:

Constellation Stories: Under the Sea, 2:30 p.m. daily - Take your SeaLife Encounters at Sci-Port experience one step further by visiting our Space Dome Planetarium for a live presentation of the aquatic constellations! Dive in, and learn about Cetus the Whale, Aquarius the Water-Bearer, the magical fish Pisces and many more!*
*This program will not take place on Monday, May 13, and Wednesday, May 15.

Close Encounters with Ocean Objects, 3 p.m. daily - Use our Scope on a Rope to view various ocean objects at 200x!
Birthday Blasts attendees will have the option to add-on the SeaLife Encounters at Sci-Port experience for an additional $5 per child. Suggested parties to add the exhibit experience onto include “Pirates Adventure,” “Under the Sea” and “Creature Feature.” Learn more about Sci-Port’s Birthday Blasts at sciport.org/birthdays.

Due to the nature of the exhibit, the open hours are limited to eight hours per day. A thirty minutes animal rest period will be taken after each three hour period or as needed.

SeaLife Encounters was started by Joe Culver and has become a popular exhibit around the country. More than 750,000 people have experienced SeaLife Encounters.

Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center is a 92,000 square-foot science and entertainment center featuring 290 hands-on exhibits, 70 interactive programs and demonstrations, a Space Center and Space Dome Planetarium, IMAX Dome Theatre, gift shop and café. Sci-Port is a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers; a LA Space Consortium member and is recognized by Parents magazine as one of the nation’s ten best science centers. The Center is located at 820 Clyde Fant Parkway on the downtown Shreveport Riverfront. For information regarding hours, IMAX showings or special programs, call (318) 424-3466, toll free at (877) 724-7678 or visit www.sciport.org.

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