New Leopard Whiprays Arrive at the Georgia Aquarium
Largest collection of leopard whiprays in the United States
Atlanta (December 6, 2007) – Georgia Aquarium introduced four new leopard whiprays into the Ocean Voyager exhibit on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007. The introduction gives the Georgia Aquarium the largest collection of leopard whiprays in the United States. Few rays sport such a striking pattern as the leopard whipray. The entire upper surface, including half of the tail, is covered in a pattern of circular brown to black rings resembling a leopard’s fur. Its tail tapers to a fine point, like a whip, giving an elegant bearing to this unique ray. The leopard whiprays introduced are males, ranging in total length (including tail) from 4.5 feet to 8.3 feet; ranging in disk width from 2.7 feet to 2.5 feet; and ranging in weight from 33 pounds to 67 pounds. They were collected offshore of Penghu, an island group on the west coast of Taiwan.
For more information, contact Communications. About the Georgia Aquarium The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, is the world’s largest with more than eight million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of the Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards, offering engaging and exciting guest experiences and promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.