Hello, my name is Raccoon Butterflyfish.
There are a lot of weird names out there, especially for animal species. Since people name the animals they discover, it’s no wonder they get a little…interesting. Take for instance the Calponia harrisonfordi, a spider named in honor of Harrison Ford, or Irwin's turtle, discovered by crocodile hunter Steve Irwin. But species don’t have to be named after anybody. In fact, discoverers can get pretty creative when it comes to thinking up worthy names.
10 posts from November 2013
November 30, 2013
November 26, 2013
November 25, 2013
On Nov. 7, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, including fishing communities where field scientists with our conservation partner Project Seahorse live and work. Project Seahorse is working with local governments to get emergency supplies to these fishing families. The photos taken by the research team show signs of recovery and hope in the midst of the destruction.
November 15, 2013
November 09, 2013
November 07, 2013
As veterinary science advances at a clip that rivals human medicine, animals in aquariums and zoos are living not just healthier but also longer lives. Australian lungfish Granddad, shown above in 1933, celebrated his 80th anniversary at Shedd earlier this year. Along with being Shedd’s oldest animal, he’s also the oldest fish in any public zoological facility in the world. But is he a senior or is he just middle-aged? Like 60 is the new 40 for a lot of people, several of Shedd’s longevity-busters are in their prime, thanks to excellent care—and, of course, good genes.
November 06, 2013
November 03, 2013
Just in time for the winter weather, this month’s Right Bite recipe is
for creamy farmed bay scallop chowder. The main ingredient, farmed bay scallops (Argopecten irradians),
is on Shedd’s "best choice list" for sustainable seafood because it is harvested
with suspended nets. This is a more ecofriendly process than scooping scallops
from the sea floor, because it does not disturb bottom-dwelling organisms or accidentally
catch other animals like fish and turtles.
November 01, 2013
November 1 is National Sushi Day. If you like sushi, you’ve probably tried to get—if not fought tooth and chopstick over—the last unagi roll on the table. Still warm from the grill and sweetened to perfection with a Japanese barbeque sauce, unagi, or freshwater eel, is a favorite among many sushi fans. But you may think twice about ordering eel the next time you’re at a sushi bar.