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Groups of Grouper Now Protected

Kristine Stump | Posted 11.05.2015 | 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 10.08.2015 | 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 10.01.2015 | 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 08.19.2015 | 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 08.17.2015 | 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 07.21.2015 | 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.

This Adorable Baby Penguin Is Here To Teach You About Conservation

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.17.2014 | Green

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium on Tuesday revealed the name of their new rockhopper penguin chick. The chick, born last summer, has been named Ruggles af...

Shedd Aquarium Around the World: Conserving Species and Critical Habitats

Charles Knapp, Ph.D. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Charles Knapp, Ph.D.

Our team is passionate about conserving both our collection and wild populations, but an important part of our work is sharing our passion with others and hopefully inspiring them to make a difference.

Zoos & Aquariums and Their Visitors Can Be Critical Advocates for Conservation Action

John F. Calvelli | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
John F. Calvelli

If you have visited a zoo or aquarium in recent years, there's a good chance that you've noticed something new. In addition to providing up-close encounters with some of the planet's most magnificent species, today's zoological parks are placing a growing emphasis on conservation.

This Rescue Dog Is A Major Aquarium's Surprising New Star

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.28.2014 | Green

You'd better up your game, dolphins, because a quartet of rescue dogs at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium might just be stealing your spotlight. Earlier th...

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: Five Ways You Can Keep the Lakes Great

Roger Germann | Posted 04.29.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

This week we recognize National Invasive Species Awareness Week and with Lake Michigan in the Shedd Aquarium's backyard, protecting the Great Lakes is an issue that literally is near to our heart -- so what better time to get involved?

IUCN Releases First Online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Charles Knapp, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Charles Knapp, Ph.D.

Inland lake habitat. © Dr. Solomon David. Guest blog by: Dr. Solomon David, Postdoctoral Research Associate Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conse...

High Stakes of the Great Lakes: Invasive Species

Roger Germann | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

Although it might seem that this is a localized issue in one city or state, Asian carp affects each of the 42 million people living in the 140 communities around the Great Lakes Basin.

New Year Brings New Recommendations for Great Lakes' Future

Roger Germann | Posted 03.05.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

Every year, millions welcome the start of the New Year as an opportunity to reflect and resolve. It seems fitting that we begin 2014 with our own version of resolutions that seek a shared result -- a healthy Great Lakes ecosystem for many new years to come.

To Feed or Not to Feed Wildlife

Charles Knapp, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Charles Knapp, Ph.D.

Although feeding wildlife has become an increasingly common tourist activity, I suspect that many of you have visited a national park or zoo and read ...

Scenes From the Philippines: Post-Earthquake, Post-Typhoon

Charles Knapp, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Charles Knapp, Ph.D.

ZSL and Project Seahorse are working with the communities and local government units to provide emergency support in the form of packs containing food, clean water, and basic medicines.

Crowdsourcing Seahorses: Science, Conservation -- and You

Charles Knapp, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Charles Knapp, Ph.D.

Around the world, seahorses have a large fan base. Most people can't help but be charmed by their equine heads and prehensile tails, or be fascinated ...