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7 posts from June 2013

June 27, 2013

Asian Carp

Carp are a huge variety of freshwater species in the family Cyprinidae, a ginormous group of fishes native to Europe and Asia. You’ll find all three of the representatives below in Illinois waters, but only two of them in our just-reopened At Home on the Great Lakes gallery.

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June 16, 2013

World Sea Turtle Day

Nickel_blogToday is World Sea Turtle Day! While it’s a great day to celebrate these ancient mariners, who’ve been around for 180 million years, there’s nothing to celebrate about the fact that six of the world’s seven sea turtle species are in danger of extinction in this century.

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June 14, 2013

At Home on the Great Lakes


If you filled your coffee pot or tea kettle with tap water from Lake Michigan this morning, you’re among the 36 million people in the United States and Canada who depend on the Great Lakes for this most basic resource.

You are at home on the Great Lakes. And Shedd’s lighter, brighter revamped gallery of the same name wants to help you explore, learn more about and get downright excited about this ecosystem that you are a part of.

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June 12, 2013

Know Your Rays: Cownose


You couldn’t find a better kind of stingray for an experience like Stingray Touch than the big-eyed, blunt-snouted cownose rays.

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June 07, 2013

Something Special for World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day, June 8, is a time to celebrate the dazzling diversity of that vast body of salt water that covers 70 percent of our planet—and to recommit ourselves to protecting its beauty and bounty.

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June 04, 2013

June Fish of the Month: U.S. Atlantic mahi mahi

Your seafood choices can have a big impact on the health of our oceans and lakes – so make sure they’re positive ones! Every month, Shedd’s Right Bite team highlights a sustainable seafood option that’s good for both you and our planet. The Fish of the Month for June is U.S. Atlantic mahi mahi caught by troll or pole-and-line.

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June 01, 2013

How Granddad Came to Shedd 80 Years Ago


Australian lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri) have been around for 100 million years. Shedd Aquarium’s eldest Australian lungfish isn’t quite that old, but his arrival in time for the June 1 opening of Chicago’s fabled 1933 World’s Fair  makes him the most senior resident in the building and the longest-lived of his species—or any fish species—in any aquarium in the world.

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