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Stingray, jellyfish exhibit brings excitement to National Mississippi River & Aquarium Museum

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A new permanent exhibit at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is a big hit.

It features stingrays, upside down jellyfish, and a mangrove habitat.

Visitors are allowed to reach into the stingray pool to feel and touch them. "It felt soft and slimy," said 8-year-old Remi Dorota of Platteville. 

But you might be thinking -- aren't stingrays dangerous?

"The stingrays that we have here, they are not dangerous to you, when you come visit the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. They do have stingers, but those stingers are trimmed and they grow back like your fingernails do, but they are checked weekly," said Jared McGovern, Education Programs Manager for the museum.

The purpose of this exhibit to teach visitors about the transition zone between the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.

"How we care about our rivers even here in Iowa and on the Upper Mississippi River will have an effect on the oceans and the health of the oceans, which eventually means the health of our overall planet," said John Sutter, marketing for the museum. 

The museum hopes this will make people want to take better care of rivers to improve ocean life, as well.

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