What is beauty?
From angels to dragons, the weird to the unexpected, every aquatic animal is beautiful in how it’s adapted to thrive in its environment. Skeleton shrimp wiggle and wobble their bodies like they’re dancing, but they’re really catching a passing meal. Flower hat jellies have added fluorescence to the tips of their stinging tentacles, which bob like plankton in the current, fooling hungry fishes into coming within striking distance.
Need to recharge? Take a break for beauty with our Underwater Beauty live cam! Discover the dreamlike patterns of angelfishes, wrasses, tangs and butterflyfishes.
Underwater Beauty neighborhood murals
Dive into a world of beauty worth saving with street art across Chicago, from Edgewater to Bronzeville, all inspired by the diverse animals of Underwater Beauty.
Beauty worth saving
Every aquatic animal is beautiful. Each one features colors, patterns and rhythms exquisitely evolved for surviving and thriving underwater. The mandarin dragonet, whose toxicity is advertised with swirling psychadelic patterns? Beautiful. The mudpuppy, whose drab skin hides it in plain sight on the muddy lake bottom? Beautiful too!
At Shedd, we want to ensure that all underwater beauty is conserved, protected and treasured because each animal plays a critical role in maintaining the balance and health of its aquatic environment.
How can you help save Underwater Beauty?
Help restore local beaches and forest preserves by joining a Great Lakes Action Day.
Look nature in the eye. We all benefit from taking a break to connect with beauty—locally, virtually and around the globe.
Ochre Sea Star