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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September 27, 2012
It was hot. Of course, the entire summer had been hot, and there had been little rain. Rivers and ponds were drying up, water levels dropping. This was the case with the Kankakee River as we stepped up to the bank. The river was at least a couple feet lower than normal for this time of year—but we expected that, and it was one reason why we, a team of Shedd Aquarium fish biologists, were at a point on the river an hour south of Chicago, near the Illinois-Indiana state line. We were conducting a survey to see if the warm summer had impacted the fish community.
September 06, 2012
Choices on family meals can contribute to healthier, more environmentally-sustainable food systems – sushi is no exception! Overfishing, destructive fishing gear and destructive fish farming methods put our aquatic ecosystems at risk. By purchasing sushi made from fish that are caught or farmed using environmentally-friendly practices, you can support the health of our lakes and oceans while ensuring your kids will have a robust seafood supply in their future. As a parent, how can you translate these big ideas to your young eater? Step away from the fish sticks and pick up a bamboo mat: it’s time to get cooking!
August 13, 2012
On Wednesday, August 15, from 1:30 to 2 p.m. CST, Shedd's online audiences will have the chance to ask our shark experts their shark-related questions during our live Twitter chat.
Join the conversation on Twitter (our handle is @shedd_aquarium) using #sharkchat. If you don't have a Twitter account, we're always happy to answer your questions on Facebook, too. Leave us a message or post on our Facebook wall and we'll pass your questions along to our experts.
August 01, 2012
In part 1 of our Jazzin’ at the Shedd violin summit last week, you met the fiddler ray. In part 2, we introduce the complementary follow up: the bowfin.
You can find bowfins in the fossil record from 100 million years ago. You can also find them in Illinois rivers today, including the Des Plaines, Fox, Rock and Vermillion; in Lake Michigan around Green Bay; and in the Local Waters gallery at Shedd.