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11 posts from September 2013

September 29, 2013

Keeping Our Rivers Great, Too

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Happy World Rivers Day! Today we celebrate the many values of our waterways and encourage involvement in promoting their health.    

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September 28, 2013

Toy Story: The Sea Otters’ Version

Otter toys C and K rocker and car_blog

What do a plastic cutting board, car wash strips, a teetertotter and a hard hat have in common? They’re among the scores of otter-proof playthings you’ll find in the sea otter’s “toy cave.”

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September 25, 2013

Enrichment is the Name of This Game

SOAW Cayucos at wall puzzle_blog

Think of a game that’s a cross between pinball and pool, using a hollow ball stuffed with shrimp and played by a high-energy sea otter, and you’ve got the latest product dreamed up by Northwestern engineering students for Shedd. Sea otters and trainers agree—this new puzzle is a big winner.

The puzzle is a 44 x 32 x 6-inch box of thick plexiglass that fits into the window opening between the sea otter pup pool and the trainers’ area. On a recent afternoon, Cayucos, an almost-2-year-old southern sea otter, is poised to play. Standing upright on her hind feet on the ledge around the pool, her paws on the puzzle’s front panel, she peers through the clear plexiglass for trainer Lana Vanagasem to start the game.

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September 23, 2013

Sea Otters Take the Cake

SOAW otters finishing cake_blog

Welcome to Sea Otter Awareness Week, Sept. 22 through 28! To celebrate, we’ll share photos and videos, amaze you with fun facts and take you behind the scenes for glimpses into how we care for—and totally indulge—these littlest of marine mammals.

We got a jump on the week of all things sea otter a few days early when we gave the four otters—male Yaku and females Kiana, Mari and Cayucos—seven, count ’em, seven decorated Sea Otter Awareness Week “cakes” for them to eat, lick, hog, demolish and otherwise enjoy.

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September 18, 2013

Here’s to at Least 80 More, Granddad!


More than 100 guests, Shedd staff members and volunteers crowded the Rivers gallery on Tuesday morning to wish Australian lungfish Granddad a happy 80th anniversary.

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Microplastics and the Great Lakes


"Microplastics” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think about picking up trash on the beach. But this tiny pollution poses big problems for marine ecosystems, and researchers are now finding microplastics in the Great Lakes.

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September 14, 2013

Bighead Carp Get Shedd TLC, Too


The Fishes department sprang into action as soon as word came that field biologists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) would soon be at Shedd’s doorstep with three large bighead carp they’d netted in the Humboldt Park lagoon. We had to prepare for the animals’ arrival!

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September 13, 2013

Having fun while being safe in the Great Lakes


Hands down, the Great Lakes offer some of the world’s best opportunities for water recreation, and there’s no shortage of fun to be had on these truly magnificent lakes.

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September 12, 2013

Great Lakes Week


It’s Great Lakes Week, and Shedd Aquarium is involved!

The Great Lakes region is our home – from Lake Superior’s wild, rocky coasts to Chicago’s urban sandy shores, we live, work and play in the Great Lakes basin. For many, the connections to the lakes are obvious. We fish, swim and boat in the thousands of lakes and rivers. We hike, camp and explore in the numerous parks and preserves around the basin.

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September 09, 2013

September Fish of the Month: U.S. Wild-Caught Striped Bass

September’s Fish of the Month is striped bass—one of the fishes on Shedd’s “best choice list” for sustainability. This recipe for striped bass with roasted tomatoes and olive tapenade will wow your guests and bring bright piquant flavors to your table!

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