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Ashley Ladan, right, and her cousin Ava Lisnow listen as animal caretaker Brock Adams teaches them about a fire, or spiny, sea urchin.

Animal caretaker Brock Adams, left, teaches 11-year-old Ashley Ladan, right, of Orlando, Florida, and her cousin 9-year-old and Ava Lisnow of Austin, Texas, about the spiny, or fire, sea urchin that he is holding in his right hand at the Children’s Nature Center, 404 Jurassic Ave., in Fruita.

The two girls are visiting their grandparents in Fruita over the holidays, and were fascinated as they watched Adams feed the manta rays and describe the various sea creatures in the salt water aquarium at the center. The Children’s Nature Center is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday.

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