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10 posts from November 2013

November 30, 2013

Uncommon Common Names

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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.

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November 26, 2013

Shedd Stewards See First Snow at Glacial Park

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Last Monday, Shedd Stewards made a special visit to Glacial Park in McHenry County. Why special?  Not only did we get our feet wet doing real land management, so to speak, but we also got our first snow of the year!

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November 25, 2013

Get chummy with the sharks and rays on this tour


Experience Wild Reef in a deeper way: the new behind-the-scenes feeding tour. You’ll tread where few but the shark team go to witness mealtime for some of the most exciting—and misunderstood—species at Shedd: the sharks and rays.

You’ll even have a hand in feeding some of the fishes.

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Update from Project Seahorse

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. 

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November 15, 2013

DuPage County Fifth-Graders Release Smallmouth Bass and Learn about Big Sustainable Seafood Issues

Bass in the Class

Imagine you’re a fifth-grader. You’re interested in friends, fun extracurricular activities, new movies and… how about sustainable seafood? 

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November 09, 2013

GLAD Season Ends with Smiles, Results

GLAD group
Notice anything different when you’re walking along the lakeshore? It’s cold! Along with cooler temperatures, shorter days and changing leaves, it’s also the end of our Great Lakes Action Days (GLAD) season.

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November 07, 2013

Long-lived and going strong

Grandad vintage

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.

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November 06, 2013

Let the Sunshine In

Solar panel photo

The sky is never the limit for Shedd Aquarium. Last week, Shedd placed 913 solar panels along the edge of its rooftop gardens. These dark blue panels stand out before the Chicago skyline, leaving no doubt that the aquarium is now shining a little brighter.

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November 03, 2013

November Fish of the Month: Bay Scallops

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.  

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November 01, 2013

National Sushi Day


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.

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