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Two Piranhas swim in large leafy aquatic plants

Rivers

Rivers cover around 480,000 square miles of our planet. They're crucial to the communities that rely on them—people and animals alike! River animals have developed some incredible adaptations, like the paddlefish, which swims with a wide-open mouth to catch food drifting by on the current, or the glass catfish, which has no scales and is completely transparent, almost disappearing in the river's flow.

  • Two guests gaze into the lush freshwater fish habitat in Underwater Beauty, a special exhibit at Shedd.

    Find

    Some animals in Rivers can be hard to spot—and reward close looking!

  • A closeup of an Australian lungfish as it swims toward the viewer, its wedge-shaped head with its downturned mouth and small beady eye turned toward the viewer.

    Breathe

    Meet the Australian lungfish, which relies on both gills and lungs to breathe.

  • This colorful, inquisitive fish lives in fresh water.

    Ripple

    Take in freshwater fishes from around the world in this diverse exhibit.

Where freshwater flows

Rivers cover around 480,000 square miles of our planet. They're crucial to the communities that rely on them—people and animals alike! River animals have developed incredible adaptations, like the paddlefish, which swims with a wide-open mouth to catch food drifting by on the current, or the glass catfish, which has no scales and is completely transparent, almost disappearing in the river's flow.

Clouded Archerfish

Paddlefish

Violet-Line Piranha

Fly River Turtle

Lungfish