2017 Press Releases

Local Schools Win Shedd Aquarium's Wreath-Cycled Challenge

A hand-crafted wreath made by Chicagoland school children created using only 100 percent recyclable materials. The wreath is made to look like a sea turtle.More than 120 hand-crafted wreaths made by Chicagoland school children decked the halls of Shedd Aquarium this holiday season as part of an educational program called the Wreath-Cycled Classroom Challenge, hosted by the aquarium’s Auxiliary Board. During a special family event Dec. 17, 14 classrooms were recognized for their unique wreaths, which will continue to hang around the aquarium’s Caribbean Reef exhibit through January 8. Continue Reading>

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Four Rockhopper Penguins at Shedd Aquarium Celebrate Unprecedented 30th Birthdays

Four Rockhopper penguins stand by a sign that reads "Happy 30th Birthday."This month, four Rockhopper penguins (Eudyptes chrysocome) at Shedd Aquarium are celebrating the big 3-0! The birds, fondly named Drake, Magdalena, Pebbles and Wellington, are the first penguins to turn 30 at the aquarium, making them the longest-lived penguins in Shedd’s history. Continue Reading>

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Asian Carp Expert Joins Shedd Aquarium Research Team

Andy Casper, director of freshwater research, at Shedd Aquarium standing near Lake Michigan. A new staff addition at Shedd Aquarium will help expand the aquarium’s research on freshwater species and waterways. Andrew Casper, Ph.D. joins Shedd’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research (Haerther Center) as the aquarium’s Director of Freshwater Research. In this role, Dr. Casper will oversee a team of scientists studying the animals that live in local waterways and how to protect them. Continue Reading>

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New Sea Creature Sculptures Arrive at Shedd, Spill Into the City

Chompers the shark is a massive sculpture made of plastic debris made to represent a tiger shark.Just like debris washing up on a beach, a new, massive sculpture made completely out of plastic marine trash has landed at The Shops at North Bridge on Michigan Ave. Chompers the Shark, comprised of chemical containers, cigarette lighters, flip flops, boogie boards, paint buckets and more, is one of the six latest sculptures to arrive in Chicago as part of Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a traveling exhibit hosted by Shedd Aquarium to draw attention to the issue of plastic pollution. Continue Reading>

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New Study Documents Behavioral Patterns of Threatened Lake Sturgeon

Lake sturgeon fish A newly published study of a threatened population of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) revealed behavior patterns that could inform conservation policies to further protect the species. The study, led by Shedd Aquarium in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), confirmed that wild, adult lake sturgeon are nocturnally active in the Great Lakes Basin. Continue Reading>

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Chicago Teens Participate in Global Research Project to Help Save Sharks

Underwater photo of several sharks in the BahamasShedd Aquarium is teaming up with an international research project called Global FinPrint, a Paul G. Allen initiative, to engage Chicagoland teens with a hands-on STEM application through citizen science. The research project looks to fill a critical information gap about the diminishing number of sharks and rays in our oceans. The collaboration marks the first time a group of teens will contribute to Global FinPrint’s studies. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Animal Response Team Flies Cross-Country to Alaska to Care for Stranded Sea Otter Pup

Three-month-old Northern sea otter pup's face as he's enveloped by a white terry cloth.While Shedd guests and staff celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week here in Chicago, a sea otter expert from the aquarium is up in Alaska working around-the-clock to care for an abandoned sea otter pup. The aquarium’s Animal Response Team received a call from its partner the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC), the only permitted stranded marine mammal response facility in the state, to assist in the rehabilitation of a three-month-old Northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni). Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Welcomes Traveling Exhibit With a Dire Message

A river otter sculpture made entirely out of marine debris stands before visitors.This Saturday, Sept. 23, Shedd Aquarium will unveil 10 new arrivals – giant sea life sculptures made entirely from plastic marine debris. The sculptures represent the first installment of a traveling exhibit, Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, which illustrates how plastic pollution has become one of the gravest threats facing ocean and freshwater animals, while helping the public understand what they can do to be a part of the solution. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Elects Four Senior Executives to Board of Trustees

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago’s most visited paid cultural attraction and a national leader in animal care, conservation education and research, announces the election of four senior executives from leading local companies to its Board of Trustees: Julie Andreeff Jensen of Citadel; Jerry Krulewitch of McDonald’s; Andrew P. Nocella of United Airlines; and Richard Tobin of CNH Industrial N.V. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Challenges You to #ClearYourSheddule This September 

At the center of the photo, a single silver fish swims in the Caribbean Reef habitat at Shedd.Recognizing the busy nature of the end of summer and back to school season, Shedd Aquarium is making it easier than ever for guests to access nature and family fun in September. For 24 consecutive days, Shedd Aquarium will offer its Illinois Resident Free Days with all-inclusive access to the aquarium’s 32,000 animals, aquatic presentation, special exhibit, Amphibians, special programs and more. Coupled with two new free Jazzin’ At The Shedd evenings and special free days for seniors and military personnel, Shedd is more accessible than ever before, begging the challenge to locals to #ClearYourSheddule. Continue Reading>

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A Turtle-ly Awesome Look at Animal Health Check-Ups

Dr. Matt O'Connor, a vet at Shedd Aquarium, holds a 30-pound alligator snapping turtle with its mouth agape. Before making his public debut, Dante, a 13-year-old alligator snapping turtle (Macroclemys temminckii), needed to check in with the veterinary team at Shedd Aquarium. Experts took extra caution with this reptile, weighing in at 30 pounds and sporting gaping, hooked jaws that pack a serious bite. The wellness check took place at the aquarium’s A. Watson Armour III Center for Aquatic Animal Health and WelfareContinue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Researchers Document Extreme Recovery Capabilities of Shark Species 

Wild lemon shark guides through the water, but at closer glance you can see a large metal fish stringer stuck in the abdomen.  Shedd Aquarium researchers and colleagues published a research study this month in the scientific journal Marine & Freshwater Research that documented the unique recovery capabilities sharks possess using the case study of a wild lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris, in Florida. In the study, scientists documented a lemon shark’s ability to expel a large metal fish stringer out of its body cavity over the course of 435 days. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Showcases Sneak Preview of Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea

Stella the Seahorse, a thirteen foot tall and 1,600 pound sculpture, is made with plastic marine debris such as drink bottles, toy shovels, flip flop cut outs and more. Shedd Aquarium welcomes the first installation of one massive, colorful sculpture from Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a traveling exhibit that officially debuts at the aquarium on September 23. Stella the Seahorse, a sculpture made entirely of plastic marine debris removed from Pacific Coast beaches, is part of the collection of art made entirely of trash that offers Shedd visitors a powerful, visual reality of the proliferation of plastic pollution in the world’s waterways through representations of marine animals using thousands of pieces of plastic in every color of the rainbow. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Welcomes New Scientist to Conservation Research Team

Headshot of Steven Kessel in front of Caribbean Reef exhibit at Shedd Aquarium. Shedd Aquarium is excited to welcome Steven Kessel, Ph.D. as the the newest addition to the Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. As Shedd Aquarium’s Director of Marine Research, Kessel will oversee a suite of marine conservation research projects aimed at protecting commercially important Caribbean species, such as endangered Nassau grouper and threatened queen conch. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Champions New Collaboration Among National Colleagues to Tackle Growing Plasic Pollution Threat Facing Great Lakes, Rivers, Oceans

Plastic bottles, wrappers, containers and more litter the concrete path near Lake Michigan.Shedd Aquarium is one of 19 accredited aquariums across the United States announcing the joint creation of a new Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) focused on addressing one of the gravest threats facing ocean and freshwater animals – plastic pollution. A founding member of the collaborative, Shedd is now a plastic bag and plastic straw-free facility and is asking the public to join them in the shift away from single-use plastics as part of a nationwide consumer campaign launching today. Continue Reading>

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New Study Shows a Caribbean Queen Conch Population is Slowly Dying of Old Age Within a Marine Sanctuary

Queen Conch The queen conch is an iconic Caribbean marine snail whose populations have declined significantly over the last two decades due to overfishing. Even when individual populations are well-protected within marine sanctuaries their long-term viability may be in doubt, according to a new study published at the end of June in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. The study suggests that a network of connected marine parks would better protect conch into the future. Continue Reading>

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Vancouver and Shedd Aquariums Assist in First Bi-National Rescue to Save Stranded Beluga Whale

Shedd's Animal Response Team assists with bi-national rescue mission to save stranded beluga whale.Marine Mammal health experts from Shedd Aquarium,  Vancouver Aquarium and the University of Montreal assisted in the rescue and relocation of a young male beluga whale that was separated from its herd and found alone hundreds of kilometers from its usual summer range.  Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Teams Up with Chicago Restaurants to Decrease Plastic Pollution

Debris floating near the coastline in Chicago with the skyline in the background. Shedd Aquarium is teaming up with Chicagoland restaurants on World Oceans Day, June 8, to decrease Chicago’s contribution of plastic waste that winds up in our oceans and negatively impacts marine animals and plants. 20 Chicago-area restaurants (and counting!) are committing to Shedd the Straw today, opting to not serve disposable plastic straws with drinks. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Splashes into Summer with New Exhibits, Experiences

A school of Cownose Stingray glide through the water in this underwater photograph.Shedd Aquarium is welcoming summer with expanded access to a boatload of new experiences for all ages, along with a few returning favorites, designed to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. Among the new offerings include Washed Ashore – a collection ofmassive and colorful art sculptures completely made of ocean plastic debris; a new aquatic presentation featuring the amazing biology and adaptation of dolphins, beluga whales and more; the world premiere of PBS Kids’ Splash and Bubbles 4-D Experience; a redesigned gallery habitat highlighting the wonder and beauty of the world’s kelp forests and more. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Animal Rescue and Response Team Assists Alaska SeaLife Center with Second Chance for Abandoned Sea Otter Pup

Dr. Carrie Goertz, furthest left, kneeling and looking towards the right as Andrea Oake, animal care specialist, bends down on a ledge to feed a bottle to a sea otter lying on its back. A recognized leader in animal care and conservation, Shedd Aquarium has teamed up with Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) in Seward, Alaska to provide expert assistance with the rehabilitation and care for a rescued, orphaned Northern sea otter pup (Enhydra lutris kenyoni). Two members of the aquarium’s Animal Response Team have been working for weeks to provide around-the-clock care for the animal deemed non-releasable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Receives Smithsonian Affliation

Shedd Aquarium is now formally affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., making possible new opportunities for collaborative exhibits, artifact loans, research and educational programs. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Researchers Share Slo-Mo Videos of Endangered Iguanas

Medium sized Iguana, with beautiful pink, orange, blue and grey coloring, perches on a rock with its head tiled and one eye towards the camera.In late April, Shedd Aquarium’s conservation research team and citizen scientists traveled to Andros Island in the Bahamas to study the endangered Andros Island rock iguana (Cyclura cychlura ssp. cychlura) as part of a long-term research study on the species. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Expands Access for Chicago Residents, Simplifies Pricing

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago’s most visited cultural attraction and a national leader in animal care, conservation education and research, announced today plans to simplify pricing and significantly expand access to the aquarium this summer. The changes – inspired by the organization’s new mission – mean new benefits to guests, especially those living in the city of Chicago. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Launches Regional Research Project with Support from Citizen Scientists

Shedd Aquarium’s conservation research team launched a citizen science project this spring in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve aimed at documenting long-term shifts in the timing of fish migrations into Great Lakes streams. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Names Gina Rodriguez Chief Development Officer

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago’s most visited cultural attraction and a national leader in animal care, conservation education and research will welcome Gina Rodriguez to its executive team as the organization’s first Chief Development Officer June 5.  Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Celebrates National Volunteer Week

At Shedd Aquarium, volunteers are valued partners that can be found in almost every area of the aquarium. Whether they are preparing food for Shedd’s 32,000 animals, sharing stories with guests, testing water samples or diving, every volunteer has a crucial role toward advancing the aquarium’s mission. In 2016, nearly 300,000 of Shedd’s visitors had direct interactions with our guest engagement volunteers. Additionally, Shedd’s 844 volunteers contributed 112,000 hours of service in a single year. Shedd Aquarium is excited to showcase three unique volunteer stories, highlighting the diversity in roles and experiences that volunteers gain at the aquarium. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium is Wishing Kukdlaa, the Newest Dolphin Calf, a "Fin-tastic" First Birthday

To celebrate a year of milestones and growth, Shedd Aquarium is hosting a livestream in the Abbott Oceanarium to give audiences at home a glance into the life of the aquarium’s newest Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) calf, Kukdlaa (KOOK-dlah), born on April 18, 2016. Continue Reading>

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Earth Day at Shedd: Encouraging Chicago to Shedd the Straw

Shedd Aquarium is celebrating Earth Day this year by challenging the Chicagoland community to commit to a conservation action that will protect our planet’s waterways and the animals that live in them. With its new Shedd the straw campaign, Shedd hopes to inspire Chicagoans to remove single-use plastic straws from their everyday life to reduce the amount of plastic pollution that enters our oceans, lakes and rivers. Continue Reading>

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Chicago Conservation Leaders Join Urgent International Effort to Save World's Most Endangered Marine Mammal from Extinction

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo and Lincoln Park Zoo are responding to the emergency rescue needs of the vaquita porpoise – the smallest and most endangered marine mammal – through their support of an ambitious action plan aimed at saving what scientists believe to be the only 30 remaining of the species in the world. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium "O-Fish-Ally" Welcomes Back Chicago Baseball on Opening Day

As Chicago baseball players and fans alike gear up for a new season of America’s favorite past time, Shedd Aquarium is also out-of-the-park excited for Opening Day. Shedd’s animals are welcoming their two favorite baseball teams on both the north and south side by sporting their team’s colors, enjoying enrichment treats while cheering them on or even showing off their training and skills. Continue Reading>

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Spring is the Season of Love! Shedd Penguins Build Nests for Mating Season

Love is in the air during spring, which is especially true for the penguins at Shedd Aquarium as they prepare for mating season. It is officially nest building time for the rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, two species that reside at Shedd. Nesting materials including sticks and rocks have been placed in the habitat this week for the birds to collect and arrange into love nests before they pair up for mating season. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Shares 15 Fun Facts in Celebration of Dolphin Awareness Day

In honor of Dolphin Awareness Month, Shedd Aquarium is celebrating the dolphins that call Shedd home. Approximately two million people visit Shedd each year and have the rare opportunity to experience and connect with Pacific white-sided dolphins. To celebrate this playful, acrobatic, intelligent species for Dolphin Awareness Month in March, Shedd is sharing 15 fun facts about what we have learned from providing them world-class care! Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Partners in Groundbreaking Research on Marine Virology

Shedd Aquarium’s Microbiome Project is pleased to welcome Jean Pierre Nshimyimana, a postdoctoral researcher from Michigan State University (MSU), as a collaborator over the next two years. Nshimyimana is one of three recipients of the 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Microbiology of the Built Environment (MoBE) Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Sloan fellowship provides $120,000 in support of outstanding postdoctoral research on some aspect of indoor microbial ecology. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Meets Water Conservation Goal

Shedd Aquarium exterior on the shore of Lake Michigan with the Chicago skyline in the background.Shedd Aquarium is celebrating World Water Day this year by announcing an early victory on a goal that aimed to reduce the aquarium’s new water intake from the city and lake by 50 percent. At the close of 2016, water conservation efforts came to fruition as annual water consumption decreased by 52 percent, one year earlier than planned. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Showcases Otterly Adorable Animal & Trainer Relationships This Valentine's Day

Shedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care, is showing some Valentine’s Day love this year by highlighting animal and trainer relationships that are guaranteed to make you feel warm and fuzzy on February 14! Animal care trainers showcase the most rewarding part of their jobs, favorite memories, and what a typical day is like working with these special animals. Continue Reading>

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Professor Joins Shedd Aquarium to Advance Understanding of Microbial Communities

Shedd Aquarium’s Microbiome Project welcomes Dr. Angela Kent, a professor in the department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for a five-month sabbatical. Over the several months, the renowned microbial ecologist will be working alongside Shedd scientists and experts to further understand the impact of water-saving measures on microbial communities in the Abbott OceanariumContinue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Partners with the Bahamas National Trust to Study Vital Fishery

Shedd Aquarium has teamed up with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) as part of a group of conservation organizations (collectively known as partners in “conchservation”) studying queen conch, Lobatus gigas, in The Bahamas to understand why local populations are in decline. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Mourns Loss of World's Oldest Aquarium Fish

Shedd Aquarium is saddened to announce the passing of one of its most iconic and beloved animal residents and longest-lived of any fish in a zoological setting in the world – Granddad, a male Australia lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri) who was humanely euthanized Sunday due to a rapid decline in quality of life associated with old age. Continue Reading>

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Pupdate: Shedd's Newest Sea Otter Rescue Ellie Celebrates One Year at Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium’s newest rescued southern sea otter Ellie, previously known as Pup 719, is celebrating her one year anniversary of finding her forever home at Shedd Aquarium. Last January, Shedd’s Animal Response Team welcomed the seven-week-old orphaned pup and provided around-the-clock care with a team of dedicated animal trainers and veterinarians to assist her in reaching critical milestones. Continue Reading>

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New Year, New Happenings at Shedd Aquarium 

With 2017 officially underway, Shedd Aquarium is excited to offer guests and members unique ways to get involved this year! This winter, go on a guided tour behind-the-scenes, experience what it is like to be a marine mammal trainer or participate in a shark feeding tour, or better yet volunteer to lead guests on these extraordinary experiences! Visitors can also spend a night at Shedd during Asleep with the Fishes or sign up for education programs, such as spring break camp or Club Shedd. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Researchers Document the Collapse of Historic Fish Aggregation

Shedd Aquarium researchers published a study in the Bulletin of Marine Science today in partnership with the University of Exeter, Perry Institute for Marine Science and the Bahamas National Trust documenting the collapse of a Nassau grouper, Epinephelus striatus, spawning aggregation in The Bahamas. An important fishery in The Bahamas, the study can be used as an indicator that, despite existing protections, Nassau grouper populations are declining, suggesting a need for adapted management. Continue Reading>

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Dawn® and Shedd Aquarium Inspire Next Generation of Wildlife Enthusiasts 

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, Dawn and Shedd Aquarium launched a new national in-classroom and web accessible STEM curriculum called NextGen Animal Responders, which will allow teachers to offer fifth through eighth grade student’s five Next Generation Science Standards lesson plans. The lessons aim to increase students’ environmental and science literacy through Shedd animal rescue and rehabilitation stories and resources and provide a connection to nature and the environment that students living in an urban setting might not have the opportunity to experience. Continue Reading>

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