World Turtle Day, May 23, is an annual celebration of turtles and tortoises, but it's also an occasion to raise awareness about their disappearing habitats around the world. Having thrived for more than 200 million years, these endearing creatures are certainly worthy of celebration and awareness. At Shedd Aquarium, you’ll find least 17 species of turtles that will connect you to the living world and, we hope, inspire you to make a difference. You can start in your own backyard—and maybe that’s the Great Lakes region.
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May 23, 2013
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May 11, 2013
To celebrate International Migratory Bird Day—today!—we’re going to look at one of the most conspicuous migratory species that you’ll see on Shedd’s grounds. From its high-pitched trill to a flash of red on black to the surprising thunk on the back of your head, the red-winged blackbird is hard to ignore.
April 15, 2013
April 04, 2013
When the Fishes department moved a leafy seadragon into the 4,700-gallon kelp forest habitat on the Abbott Oceanarium’s Coastal Walkway habitat, the aquarists watched closely to make sure that the more animated weedy seadragons didn’t slurp up all the live mysid shrimp before the leafy got his share. “That’s when we noticed that the leafy wasn’t eating on his own,” aquarist Erika Moss says.
What to do? Hand-feed the seadragon, of course.
March 26, 2013
March 19, 2013
March 17, 2013
How this North Pacific fish got its common name is beyond us. It ranges from Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula east through the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, down the Pacific coast of Canada and the United States to Monterey Bay, California. It’s separated from the Emerald Isle by the same land mass that kept Columbus from getting to India (but that’s another holiday and parade).
March 09, 2013
March 08, 2013