Shedd Aquarium
yesterday at 22:38. Facebook
Shedd's setting in the heart of downtown Chicago is always amazing, but in February it has a special tint: red. We're lighting our rotunda red all month long for the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women campaign during National Heart Month.
Shedd Aquarium
02/20/2017 at 17:20. Facebook
This Presidents' Day we've got our eyes on the patriotically colored cardinal tetra. You would think a cardinal tetra's bright, flashy looks would make it easier for predators to hunt them down. Instead the shiny, white stripe bisecting their bodies makes it difficult for predators to distinguish and go after individual fish. This trait, along with a tendency to form schools, makes the...
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Shedd Aquarium
02/19/2017 at 20:30. Facebook
Humans weren't the only ones pairing up at Shedd around Valentine's Day! We're seeing double in this week's fan photo selections.

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Shedd Aquarium
02/18/2017 at 16:30. Facebook
Jump for joy with beluga whale Naya - it's World Whale Day!
Shedd Aquarium
02/17/2017 at 20:30. Facebook
Did you know you can get up-close to our belugas at Shedd's Beluga Encounter? Shedd member Jean Beckerman says it was one of the most memorable things he's ever done! #MemberAppreciationMonth
Shedd Aquarium
02/16/2017 at 22:52. Facebook
Did you know that Shedd helps save iguanas? Bahamian rock iguanas are one of the world's most endangered lizards due to illegal poaching, habitat loss and introduced predators. Shedd scientist Chuck Knapp, Ph.D., has dedicated his career to them, and in 2009 research turned into action when the Bahamian government expanded an existing national park on Andros Island based in part on the Shedd...
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02/15/2017 at 23:04. Facebook
Here’s today’s Caribbean close-up: a French angelfish swimming at Shedd’s Caribbean Reef! Adults of this tropical species feed on sponges and corals while juveniles service larger fish at natural “cleaning stations.”
Working with belugas is a rewarding labor of love. Jessica Whiton has been training beluga whale Kayavak through positive reinforcement since she was born in 1999. "I’m working on giving [Kayavak] the ability to choose her reinforcement. She can choose a game we play with her ball, [and then] she can get a tongue tickle... or she can choose fish. So by giving her this choice, it helps to...
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Animal trainer Lana Vanagasem has taken part in hand-raising not one but two Shedd newborns! When rescued sea otter Mari came to Shedd at 2 months old, Lana was part of the team that made sure she got around-the-clock attention--from grooming to feeding.

As we look ahead to Valentine's Day, Lana and Mari's bond highlights the close ties between Shedd's trainers and animals.
“The coolest thing with the penguins is that you really can tell that there’s a relationship. It’s very obvious. When I go into the exhibit, Charlotte will run over to me and want attention.” - Animal trainer Lana Vanagasem on hand-raising Magellanic penguin Charlotte. This Valentine's Day we hope you give and receive as much love as our trainers and animals share!
Chicago Blackhawks legend Jeremy Roenick (right) joined Aurelio's Pizza in stopping by Shedd today with some #SurpriseDeliveries! Delicious!
Rescued sea turtle Nickel and caregiver Michelle Sattler share a special bond...and a "Nickel tickle" that only Michelle can get just right! Follow along through Valentine's Day to learn more about the close relationships between Shedd animals and their trainers.
Learning about animal care directly from the experts is just one benefit of being a Shedd member. Theresa Ulrich, a member for two decades, says that a highlight of her membership was learning about advanced fish disease in an expert-led course.
Bigfin reef squid are savvy hunters. Watch as Shedd’s newest residents sneak up on prey and use their arms and tentacles to snatch a meal.
Bigfin reef squid are savvy hunters. Watch as Shedd’s newest residents sneak up on prey and use their arms and tentacles to snatch a meal.
We love our locals! To show the love, Illinois residents can purchase a free Shedd Pass or upgrade to a Total Experience Pass for just $9 for visits between February 10 and 14.
Today we’re saddened to share that the Shedd family has bid farewell to one of our best-loved members. Australian lungfish Granddad, who made Shedd his home since 1933, was humanely euthanized Sunday due to a rapid decline in quality of life associated with old age.

In his long life at Shedd, Granddad offered fond memories and a shared connection with the living world to generations of...
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Re-live sea otter Ellie's first year at Shedd with this heart-warming video. It's the cutest thing you'll see all day!
Check out the latest batch of great fan photos from Shedd! Click through to to see axolotls, seahorses, alligators and more. Tag your best Instagram posts with #SheddAquarium for a chance to be featured.
Have you ever noticed Shedd's "permanent" collection of sea creatures living on walls, doors and fixtures? Architecture is a main draw for Shedd member Robert Hicks who says, “the building itself is one of the main attractions for me personally.” #MemberAppreciationMonth