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  • Name Your Poison: The Antidotes

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    This summer we’ve looked at many of the venomous and poisonous animals at Shedd Aquarium. Now we’re going to delve into the precautions and protocols staff members use to safely care for sea jellies, tarantulas, poison dart frogs, stingrays, lionfish and a host of other toxic marine and freshwater critters.

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  • Name Your Poison: Hot Spots around Shedd

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    Among herpetologists, those scientists who study reptiles, “hot” means venomous. By that definition, Shedd has a lot of hot spots where you can find venomous, as well as poisonous, animals. (A refresher from earlier in this series: Venom is injected, poison is ingested.)

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  • Sharks at Shedd—Oceans Gallery

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    Here, in the ocean primeval—well, one of Shedd’s original saltwater galleries—live two species of catshark, family Scyliorhinidae.

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  • August Fish of the Month: U.S. Farmed Catfish

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     Despite catfish’s history, growing fish on a farm is still a new idea for many seafood lovers. As our world’s oceans face increasing pressure from overfishing, acidification and climate change, responsibly-farmed fish must be part of the solution to burgeoning human demand for seafood. 

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  • Sharks at Shedd—Caribbean Reef

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    Can sharks be cute? The trio of bonnetheads cruising the Caribbean Reef certainly come close. The smallest species in the hammerhead family, bonnetheads (Sphyrna tiburo) have a flattened, crescent-shaped head, more like a rounded shovel than a hammer.

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