You’d be hard pressed to find a bigger percussion section than the drums, or the Sciaenidae family, which includes 275 species of freshwater and marine fishes found in temperate and tropical waters throughout the world.
And we mean percussion literally. The males have special tendons that vibrate against the swim bladder, producing a sound underwater similar to a drum beating in the distance. It is most likely a rhythmic love call to the female of the species. (If you remove a drum from the water, the distressed fish will bellow like a bullfrog, earning it another common name, croaker.)
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This fish isn’t with tonight’s band, the Chris Greene Quartet, nor has it appeared, as far as we know, at the Green Mill Lounge, Uptown’s fabled jazz club. And, we confess, it does not sing, scat or otherwise.
But we love the green scat’s name—brought to our attention by collection manager Kathy Lee, a ready resource for so many of our animal blog series.
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Come to Jazzin’ at the Shedd to see things you wouldn’t during regular hours! Like pool toys—very sturdy pool toys—in the Oceanarium habitats.
"One of the things we do for the animals at night is enrichment," says Ken Ramirez, executive vice president, animal programs and training. "During the day, we focus on training and personal interactions. At night, when we go home, we put enrichment items"— toys—"into the habitats for the animals to play with."
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Shedd President and CEO Ted Beattie, The Blackhawk's Tommy Hawk, Bobby Hull and Ice Crew Girls cut the ribbon
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