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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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Using his Knowledge and Skills: Meet Dr. Bill Van Bonn

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He was poolside to welcome belugas Bella and Miki into the world. He was the admitting doctor for a sea lion pup blinded by gunshot. And one of his best memories is of successfully removing a life-threatening tumor from a sea otter.

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February 06, 2014

February Fish of the Month: Dungeness Crab

MSCDungeness crab is on Right Bite's "best choice" list for sustainable seafood because it's abundant, well-managed and caught in environmentally-friendly ways. The Oregon fishery for Dungeness crab is also certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the world's elading eco-label for seafood. Be sure to look for this logo when you visit your local seafood counter.

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February 01, 2014

World Wetlands Day

Shedd Aquarium World Wetlands DaySedges have edges, rushes are round…

Whether you’re familiar with this simple rhyme about plant identification, or you live in the Great Lakes basin, wetlands are a big part of your life.

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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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January 20, 2014

Shedd rehabilitates endangered penguins in South Africa

SANCCOB11Today, January 20, is Penguin Awareness Day, so we thought we'd share some news with you! Earlier in January, two members of Shedd's animal care team (including Lana, pictured here) ventured to Cape Town, South Africa, to rehabilitate endangered African penguins.

The 500 penguins were abandoned or ill, but in partnership with the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) they're being given top-quality animal care and re-released in the wild.

We'll share more details about the process over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

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January 14, 2014

Meet the man from GLADs

Reid BogertReid Bogert here, from Shedd Aquarium’s Great Lakes and Sustainability team. As some of you may know, we were busy as a school of bullhead catfish this summer with our Great Lakes Action Days (GLADs), and I’m GLAD to say it’s been a huge success. For those that are new to the program, I’d like to introduce myself and invite you to come out and join the fun!

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January 13, 2014

January Fish of the Month: Farmed Rainbow Trout

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 item as our Fish of the Month. January’s pick is farmed rainbow trout, and we have a delicious recipe for smoked rainbow trout frittata that's perfect for warming up on those blustery winter days.

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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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