329 posts categorized "Animals"

April 15, 2014

Our members have voted—and the chick is Ruggles!

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Does she look like a Ruggles? That was the overwhelming opinion of Shedd members, who were invited to vote on a name for the female rockhopper penguin chick.

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March 24, 2014

Penguin chick is in the pink

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The results are in—from a DNA test, that is: The rockhopper chick that hatched last June is a girl!

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February 20, 2014

Lucky dog!

Marlin and Kelly

Shedd has added a fourth pooch to its canine lineup. Welcome Marlin, a handsome chocolate Lab mix (with maybe a little boxer, perhaps a touch of Great Dane)!

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February 19, 2014

White whales: Singers even more amazing than songs

Dr  Bill and Naya

Throughout my career as an aquatic animal veterinarian, I’ve had the great fortune to work with many beluga whales. One of my early mentors preferred calling them “white whales” because they are the only all-white whale species. These white whales are unique in the whale world for other reasons too. And I believe this is part of why they are so fascinating to get to know.

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February 07, 2014

Love story: Shedd's studbook keepers

Lisa and dolphin

Lise Watson, collection manager of Wild Reef, regularly dives with the sharks—fishes she knows expertly. Erica Hornbrook, collection manager of Amazon Rising, is widely respected for her knowledge of freshwater rays. Lisa Takaki is senior director of marine mammals, a job that involves training not just the belugas and dolphins, but also Shedd’s octopuses, turtles and monkeys.

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January 25, 2014

Getting to the core of coral restoration

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Saving coral isn’t just about coral. Corals provide food and shelter for thousands of fish and invertebrate species in the Caribbean alone. As a leader in conservation and research, Shedd Aquarium is determined to help restore these crucial populations.

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December 28, 2013

Shedd Celebrates the Endangered Species Act’s 40th Anniversary

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Forty years ago today, President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act to help save animals, plants and their habitats from extinction. Today, we celebrate the successes of the law and the 2,140 species it continues to protect – including 14 endangered or threatened species at Shedd.

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December 11, 2013

Rescues feeling right at home

Shedd Aquarium cruz shake

Earlier this month we reported on rescued California sea lion pup Laguna. Maybe you’ve had the special chance to see another rescued sea lion, Cruz, in an aquatic show. Since we last visited with the blind pup, he has become fast friends with Ty, the big sea lion who regularly appears in the show, and Cruz and Ty now share a behind-the-scenes habitat as well as time on exhibit.

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December 02, 2013

From Rescued to Robust—Laguna’s Story

Shedd Aquarium Laguna _ Arrival (2)

Shedd’s newest sea lion is now making appearances on exhibit in the Abbott Oceanarium.

Laguna, a rescued sea lion pup, has made great progress since his arrival at Shedd in late June, says marine mammals director Lisa Takaki. His debut last week in the Grainger Sea Lion Cove was one more step toward his total acclimation here. The 1½-year-old animal is already comfortable in all of the behind-the-scenes sea lion habitats, and he’s mastering what Lisa calls his “ABCs”—the training basics all the marine mammals learn. “He’s doing phenomenally,” she says.

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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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