Aquarium exhibit to bring people together with sharks
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana aquarium is planning an exhibit aimed at increasing human interaction with sharks and stingrays.
The New Orleans Advocate reports that the visitors to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans will be able to touch both groups of animals, including feeling the sandpaper-like texture of sharks' skin.
Construction is beginning this month on the $2.9 million "touchpool." It's scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.
Audubon Nature Institute curator Kristine Grzenda says that sharks selected for the pool will have "the right temperament."