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.
Diagnosing an animal’s ailment is a lot like detective work. Because the animal cannot directly tell the veterinarian where it hurts, the doctor has to look for clues, from blood tests, digital X-rays and other evidence, and ask questions of key witnesses—the trainers—to solve the medical mystery.
Your seafood choices can have a
big impact on the health of our oceans and lakes—so make sure they’re positive
ones! Every month, Shedd’s Right
Bite team highlights a sustainable seafood option that’s good for you and
good for our planet. The Fish
of the Month for March is Oregon pink shrimp.
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).
Sea lampreys, Petromyzon marinus, were the Great Lakes’ first notorious invasive species. Originally from the Atlantic Ocean, they entered the Great Lakes through water diversions built for ships to bypass Niagara Falls. Able to survive in both fresh and salt water, these primitive fish may look like eels to the untrained eye, but they’re closer to vampires as they feed on the blood of host fishes.