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