Wachapreague, Virginia and a wild caught male ray that came to us from the Adventure Aquarium," said Firchau. "The ray was born in the Norfolk Canyon Aquarium. Interestingly enough its mother had been bitten by one of our sharks and was in recovery when she pupped." The newborn ray was kept in an off-exhibit area until she was big enough to be placed on display in the Virginia Aquarium's ray touch tank. When she grew too big for that exhibit, she moved to Chattanooga.
Secret Reef is darker, so she may end up looking like the southern stingrays that are already on exhibit in Ocean Journey.
This ray is no longer a wayward ray. She's now a stay at home ray. She'll spend enough time in the acclimation pool to make sure she keeps responding to the target feeding. Once aquarists are certain she's eating well every time they "ring the dinner bell," then the gate will be lifted and she'll be free explore the rest of her new home.