Cownose rays sometimes flutter along the glass, revealing the mouth and gills on their underside.
Hear how rescued green sea turtle Nickel made her way to Shedd with our special audio guide.
During dive sessions, you can ask questions, and a diver will answer you from underwater as they feed the fishes!
Take a 360° tour of an underwater city
Coral reefs are among the Earth’s most vibrant ecosystems. At the foundation are tiny, soft-bodied coral animals. Living in colonies, they build stony structures around themselves that create a vast seascape that attracts thousands of species seeking shelter—and food. From the tiniest fishes darting among coral branches to sleek sharkscruising sunny waters, this community of predators and prey survives in a complex, and fragile, balance.
Daily live dive and feeding
Ever wanted to dive into our Caribbean Reef? Jump in with our first 360 video demo and swim with our animals!
Caribbean Reef Dive Messages
Looking for a unique way to “pop the question,” wish someone a happy birthday, or just send a special message to a loved one? Let Shedd divers help during one of our scheduled Caribbean Reef dive presentations.
Within the reef habitat, surrounded by stingrays, our popular sea turtle, Nickel, and an array of colorful reef fishes, a diver will hold a sign with your personal message.
A digital photo to commemorate your experience is included.
Your donation will help support the aquarium’s mission and top-quality animal care.
Availability: Dive messages are currently available on Saturdays and Sundays, at the end of our 2 p.m. Caribbean Reef presentation.
- General admission is not included.
- General admission to Shedd is required before scheduling a Caribbean Reef message.
- All messages will be displayed in English.
- Maximum 30 letters/characters per sign (10 spaces per row).
- Must be reserved 48 hours in advance.
How to reserve a message:
All messages must be reserved by phone - 312-692-3355
Shedd Aquarium reserves the right to approve and edit any message if necessary. Messages that are obscene, offensive or include foul language will not be accepted. Additionally, the message cannot be used for commercial purposes.
Meet the Sharks
These awe-inspiring predators are found across our oceans—and throughout Shedd Aquarium. Look closer at the sharks that call Shedd home.
Unbelievable Parrotfishes Live Here
Did you know fish poop is responsible for the Caribbean's beautiful, white sandy beaches? Parrotfish use their impressive choppers to bite off and grind up coral to get at the tasty algae inside.
Decades Later, Scientist Reunites with Sea Turtle He Saved
Scientist Matt Finn rescued injured sea turtle in 1998...and didn't see her again for nearly 20 years afterward, until a heartfelt reunion at Shedd.