North Carolina Aquarium Mourns Charlotte the Stingray’s Passing

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Written By Kanisha Laing

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Charlotte, the famous stingray who was believed to be pregnant without a male mate earlier this year, has passed away at the aquarium where she lived in North Carolina. The small aquarium, known as Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO, announced her death on Facebook, expressing sadness despite efforts from her medical team and specialists to treat her.

Charlotte gained attention in February when the aquarium, located in Hendersonville, North Carolina, announced she appeared to have become pregnant through a rare biological process called parthenogenesis. This drew international interest, with Charlotte even making appearances on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live and Saturday Night Live.

However, as time passed without the expected birth of pups, concerns grew among the public and experts about Charlotte’s health and the accuracy of the initial pregnancy diagnosis. In late May, the aquarium revealed that Charlotte was not pregnant but was suffering from a serious illness, though specific details were not disclosed.

Charlotte’s story had brought joy and distraction to many, with fans following updates about her condition closely. Her passing has left a deep impact on her followers, who fondly remember her unique story and the excitement she brought to the small town of Hendersonville.

The aquarium is now closed temporarily, thanking everyone for their support during this difficult time.

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