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Choose Your Own Adventure During Spring Break at Shedd Aquarium

Two children dip their hands into a sea star touch pool. As families get ready to decide how to spend their Spring Break, Shedd Aquarium is sharing a list of exciting happenings at the aquarium. Continue Reading>

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New Sensory Friendly Offerings Expand Shedd's Accessibility Offerings

A mother and a son wearing sound reducing headphones look at the Sensory Friendly Mobile App on their phone at Shedd. As part of a continued commitment to foster a welcoming and inclusive culture, Shedd Aquarium is expanding its accessibility offerings for guests with autism or a sensory processing disorder in mind. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium's Animal Response Team Joins International Dolphin Rescue Effort 

Shedd's vet resident, Dr. Julie Sheldon, examines a Bolivian river dolphin.Veterinarians from The Maryland Zoo, the Saint Louis Zoo and Chicago's Shedd Aquarium traveled 4,000 miles to rescue dolphins in central Bolivia, where a group of approximately 15 endangered Bolivian river dolphins were trapped in a lake. Continue Reading>

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Shedd After Hours Events Launch for Adult-Only Audiences

Adults explore Shedd's newest special exhibit, Underwater Beauty, observing the weedy sea dragons.Shedd Aquarium is launching a new series of events for guests 21 and older with special programming and custom food and drink options designed to offer more mature, unexpected ways to look nature in the eye. Continue Reading>

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New Sea Otter Extraordinary Experience at Shedd Aquarium Supports Care and Rescue Work

Yaku, Shedd's sea otter.Shedd Aquarium is launching Chicago's first sea otter encounter program, giving guests an entirely new way to interact up-close with the popular marine mammals. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Expands Conservation Research Team to Preserve Freshwater, Marine Biodiversity

Headshot of Austin HappelThree new research biologists joined the conservation research team at Shedd Aquarium, bringing new areas of expertise in freshwater and marine ecosystems to the aquarium's Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. Continue Reading>

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Research Says Regulatory Changes Needed to Ensure Sustainable Fishing of Queen Conch in The Bahamas

Diver approached a queen conch shell. Queen Conch is a marine snail with an iconic shell that serves as a culinary staple in The Bahamas. However, thousands of years of exploitation in the greater Caribbean region has had clear impacts on conch abundances. If quen conch populations in The Bahamas continue to decline, scientists warn the inevitable end to economically viable conch fishing if actions are not taken to allow the conch stocks to recover. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Announces Upcoming Illinois Resident Free Days/Evenings

Shedd Aquarium front entrance with banners that read "All Are Welcome"Chicago residents will have plenty of chances to swap the cold this January and February to explore the toasty Amazon Rising habitat where red-bellied piranhas live or spend time in the Caribbean Reef with Nickel the sea turtle. That's because Shedd Aquarium is offering 25 Illinois Resident Free Days during the first two months of the year. Continue Reading>

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Three Simple Ways You Can Protect Our Planet in 2019

Great Horned OwletRing in the new year with new resolutions that benefit both humans and the planet we live on! Whether it's spending more time outdoors, reaching out to government officials to speak up for our planet's wildlife or reducing your use of single-use plastic, Shedd Aquarium's conservation experts are offering a few resolutions you can take on in 2019. Continue Reading>

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Shedd, Northwestern Team Up to Protect Animals Through Expanded Partnership

Great Lakes fish, white and longnost suckers, viewed underwater during their spring spawning runs.Shedd Aquarium's For more than a decade, Shedd Aquarium's Animal Health team has turned to Northwestern Engineering to develop innovative solutions that further enhance Shedd's animal welfare practices. But, for the first time this year, the aquarium's conservation scientists have been proposing projects to the students that advance their ability to conduct research to protect populations of animals in the wild. Continue Reading>

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Coral Scientist Joins Shedd Aquarium Research Team

Dr. Ross Cunning, a coral research biologist, joins Shedd.Shedd Aquarium's Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research welcomed a new conservation research biologist this month, expanding the aquarium's dedication to understanding and conserving aquatic species and ecosystems. Continue Reading>

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Meet Nia, First Magellanic Penguin Chick Bred at Shedd Aquarium Gets a Name

A Magellanic penguin chick looks squarely at the camera from Shedd's habitat. Shedd Aquarium announced that the first Magellanic penguin chick (Spheniscus magellanicus) bred at the aquarium, which hatched Mother's Day weekend, is a female. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Expands Access for Guests with Disabilities

As part of Shedd's accessibility and inclusion initiatives, the aquarium will be hosting its first-ever Calm Waters: Extended Hours for Guests with Disabilities events. Attendees will have an opportunity to explore all exhibits and experiences in a comfortable and accepting enviornment. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Wants You to Eat Sustainable Fish This October

To celebrate National Seafood Month in October, Shedd Aquarium is encouraging Chicagoland residents to eat seafood this month - but make sure it's diverse and sustainable! Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Welcomes New Board Members

Shedd Aquarium, a recognized leader in animal care, conservation education and research, is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees, including Gavin Hattersley of MillerCoors, John Hesselmann of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Kim Simios of Ernst & Young. Continue Reading>

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Chicago Celebrities Help Kids Get Curious in Shedd Aquarium's New Kids' Video Series

Two kids face a large underwater viewing area where a beluga whale tail is seen. Several Chicago area celebrities make guest appearances in "Sea Curious," the brand new video series from Chicago's Shedd Aquarium - out now! Designed by kids for kids, each episode of "Sea Curious" answers a question about animals by exploring and having adventures at the aquarium and hope to spark curiousity for the aquatic animal world. Continue Reading>

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Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Shedd Aquarium Team Up to Make Strides in Reducing Single-Use Plastics

Diver underwater in Shedd's Wild Reef exhibit holds up a resuable mug from the aquarium. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is partnering with Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium to take on the issue of reducing single-use plastic pollution by joining the aquarium’s Shedd the Straw initiative for the 2018 Chicago Marathon on October 7. The partnership aims to reduce plastic use and encourage more sustainable alternatives for marathon participants, vendors and hotel and restaurant partners. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Beluga Whale is Pregnant

A beluga whale, distinguished by their white color, absence of a dorsal fin, and distinctive reounded "melon," the echolocation organ at the front of the head, peeks its head out of the water.Shedd Aquarium announced today that one of their marine mammals is expecting. Mauyak (MY-ak), a 37-year-old beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) is pregnant and expected to give birth in summer 2019. Continue Reading>

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