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What We've Learned From Studying Microbiomes

Dr. Bill Van Bonn | Posted 01.27.2017 | Science
Dr. Bill Van Bonn

What is a microbiome you ask? It's the tiny living community that surrounds us all and is the subject of investigation by human and veterinary health ...

A Year In Review: 2016 Animal Success Stories

Dr. Bill Van Bonn | Posted 12.13.2016 | Science
Dr. Bill Van Bonn

This is the time of the year when most of us tend to do a lot of looking back and reflecting on the events of the past year. Which of those resolution...

Sea Otter Awareness Week: Seeing Healthy Otters at Shedd Aquarium

Dr. Bill Van Bonn | Posted 09.22.2016 | Green
Dr. Bill Van Bonn

When you hear or read the term "marine mammal," chances are you think immediately of a sleek dolphin, or a graceful whale. But not all marine mammals are of the hairless variety. Sea otters, like the five we have here at Shedd Aquarium in fact, set the record for hairiness! Sea otters have more hairs per square inch on their body surface than any other known animal.

Shedd Aquarium's World of Water: What It Takes to Keep a Quality Environment for Animals

Dr. Bill Van Bonn | Posted 09.01.2016 | Green
Dr. Bill Van Bonn

At Shedd Aquarium caring for the quality of water animals live in and depend on does not stop at the front doors.

A Coalition Of Hope For Saving Imperiled Iguanas

Charles Knapp, Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2016 | Green
Charles Knapp, Ph.D.

Although iguanas are vital to many ecosystems, they face serious threats. Deforestation and other human-caused disturbances such as predation and competition from non-native species, hunting, smuggling for the illicit wildlife trade, and unregulated tourism, have brought many species near extinction.

Making a House Call: Carefully Caring for Endangered Animals

Dr. Bill Van Bonn | Posted 05.19.2016 | Green
Dr. Bill Van Bonn

With over 32,000 individual animals representing more than 1,500 species under our care at Shedd Aquarium, you never know what the day will bring. Our...

Incredible Video Captures Dolphin Birth At Chicago Aquarium

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 04.24.2016 | Science

After three hours of a dolphin's labor, the mixture of nervous and excited chatter from onlookers gave way to gasps and applause. "It's out!" someone ...

Great Lakes Commission Discusses Important Regional Issues at Semi-Annual Meeting in Washington

Roger Germann | Posted 03.16.2017 | Green
Roger Germann

Photo by Great Lakes Commission (@GLCommission) Shedd Aquarium had several of our team members in Washington at the end of February, all working towa...

Cats as Invasive Species? The Less-Known Facts About Their Wildlife Impact

Charles Knapp, Ph.D. | Posted 02.25.2017 | Green
Charles Knapp, Ph.D.

Across the U.S., there are an estimated 50,000 species that are non-native to their environments, 4,300 of which are considered "invasive" by the U.S....

WATCH: Orphaned Baby Sea Otter Finds Forever Home

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.17.2016 | Good News

Her life began with adversity: At just 4 weeks, she was separated from her mother, possibly during the tumult of a storm. She later had to be rescued ...

Inner Workings: Understanding the Complex Brains of Complex Animals

Dr. Bill Van Bonn | Posted 12.22.2016 | Green
Dr. Bill Van Bonn

Have you ever wondered what it may be like to get inside the head of an animal? No really, to understand how an animal's brain works; ever wonder?

Groups of Grouper Now Protected

Kristine Stump | Posted 11.05.2016 | Science
Kristine Stump

There is great news coming out of The Bahamas today regarding one of the Shedd Aquarium's conservation research focus species, the endangered Nassau Grouper. The economically and culturally important fish has become endangered throughout the Caribbean due largely to unsustainable fishing practices.

Raise a Tentacle for Cephalopod Awareness Days

Dr. Bill Van Bonn | Posted 10.08.2016 | Green
Dr. Bill Van Bonn

I once saw a male cuttlefish in a research aquarium position himself between another male and a female. On one side, the side facing the other male, a menacing pattern of dark bands flashed along the body sending a message, I assume, of his claim over the female.

Nassau Grouper: A Beautiful Fish at Risk

Kristine Stump | Posted 10.01.2016 | Science
Kristine Stump

The Nassau Grouper, a strikingly colored, large iconic Caribbean reef fish, was once one of the mostly heavily fished species in the region. Due to unsustainable exploitation practices, however, it is now scarce in many coral reef ecosystems throughout its native range.

What's in the Water?

Dr. Bill Van Bonn | Posted 08.19.2016 | Science
Dr. Bill Van Bonn

We all know and love sharks, whales and their friends in the oceans, but critical to them all are the microbes.

Great Lakes, Amazing Connections: Rest, Relaxation and a Respect for Recreation

Roger Germann | Posted 08.17.2016 | Green
Roger Germann

From pictures of friends bringing their newborns to the beaches of Lake Eerie for the first time, or family posing for photos at a beach barbecue, the lakes serve as an important reminder of the memories they can make simply by allowing us to enjoy them.

5 Things I Learned About Sharks From Swimming With Them

Kristine Stump | Posted 07.21.2016 | Science
Kristine Stump

I have been lucky enough to spend many years in the water studying and swimming with sharks to learn how to best protect them. There are a lot of misconceptions about sharks, but to help clear up a few myths up here are five things I've learned from swimming with these amazing and important animals.

Kim Bellware

This Newly Hatched Penguin Chick Will Steal Your Heart | Kim Bellware | Posted 06.26.2015 | Green

The world just got a few ounces cuter. The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago on Thursday announced the recent hatching of its latest Rockhopper penguin chi...

All Roads Lead to the Great Lakes: How Invasive Species Get Here & Ways You Can Help

Roger Germann | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green
Roger Germann

For anglers, sometimes bait is the key to a catch, but did you ever stop to think that your bait could become an invader?

Take Some Time Out Of Your Busy Day To Chill Out With This Sea Otter Pup

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green

Just can't get enough of Pup 681, the abandoned sea otter pup who arrived at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium late last month? You're in luck. At 1 p.m. ET...

Sea Otter Pup Loves Snacks, Milk, Toys Just As Much As Any Other Baby

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.14.2014 | Green

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium clearly has a star on its hands. Just over two weeks ago, the facility took in a young, orphaned southern sea otter. Dubbi...

Algal Blooms Threaten Public Health, Great Lakes Mayors Fight Back

Roger Germann | Posted 12.02.2014 | Chicago
Roger Germann

In response, last week Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel convened mayors from four states and two Canadian provinces, connected by the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, for a Summit on Drinking Water Protection.

Summer of Chicago Superheroes: From the Ballpark to the Beaches

Roger Germann | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

Superheroes in Chicago weren't limited to comic books and the movie screens this summer. I, along with the city of Chicago, celebrated our very own Jackie Robinson West representing the nation in the Little League World Series.

The Unlikely Hero: Could Belugas Save the Great Lakes?

Roger Germann | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

Believe it or not, belugas are not only part of our Great Lakes system, but they might just help save our Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Governors Join Forces to Battle Invasive Species

Roger Germann | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

For the first time ever, eight governors and two Canadian premiers -- separated by borders but connected by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin -- signed a Mutual Aid Agreement to work together to fight aquatic invasive species such as Asian carp.