Dis­cov­ery Cove shows off new spot­ted ea­gle ray pups

Orlando Sentinel - - People & Arts - By De­wayne Bevil

Dis­cov­ery Cove, the SeaWorld Or­lando day re­sort, is show­ing off its lat­est ad­di­tions. Four spot­ted ea­gle ray pups were re­cently born at the at­trac­tion.

Video pro­vided by SeaWorld Parks & En­ter­tain­ment shows the un­der­wa­ter birthing of a cou­ple of the an­i­mals. They are a near-threat­ened marine species and part of the Species Sur­vival Plan of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Zoos and Aquar­i­ums.

The new­borns are ex­plor­ing their new home in the Grand Reef sec­tion of the at­trac­tion, which is tem­po­rar­ily closed due to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. They are be­ing mon­i­tored by Dis­cov­ery Cove’s ex­perts, eat­ing well and “quickly grow­ing,” a re­sort spokesman says.

A re­open­ing date for Dis­cov­ery Cove has not been an­nounced.

Among the other an­i­mals fea­tured at the re­sort are trop­i­cal fish, dol­phins, ot­ters, mar­mosets and birds.

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Dis­cov­ery Cove wel­comes four new spot­ted ea­gle ray pups to the at­trac­tion.

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