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  • Welcome back the dolphins!

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    This month the dolphins once again take center stage in Shedd’s daily aquatic shows in the Abbott Oceanarium.

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  • Name Your Poison: Sea Snakes

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    Sea snakes did not make the cut for Wild Reef. The strikingly striped blue-lipped sea kraits—all bold bands of turquoise and black—would have required a fairly large habitat all to themselves among the realistically teeming multispecies displays.

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  • Egg Yolk Jelly

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    I love the jellies’ vivid common names: blue blubber; flower hat; lion’s mane; dotted swiss pinafore (okay, I made up the last one, but look at the spotted lagoon jellies and tell me which name is a better fit).

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  • July Fish of the Month: Wild Alaskan Salmon

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    hedd’s Fish of the Month, Wild Alaskan salmon, comes from a well-managed fishery and can be found on our “best choice” list for sustainability.

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  • Name Your Poison: How Venomous Is It?

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    I asked special exhibits collection manager Mark Schick how he would rank the toxicity of the jellies on display. Characteristically Zen-like, he said, “It depends on who you ask.”

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