Shedd Aquarium

By Grace Klinger, Science Communication Fellow at Shedd Aquarium Corals are diverse organisms that provide food and homes to millions of marine species, promoting biodiversity in our oceans. Some are soft, some are stony. Some live in deep water, some in shallow. Some build reefs, some stand alone. And while all share a preference for...

By Grace Klinger, Science Communications Fellow at Shedd Aquarium Worldwide, the seafood industry represents $362 billion in first sale value for the global economy and accounts for roughly 59.6 million jobs. Given its economic value, it is important to keep a close eye on the way the seafood industry is managed to ensure it is...

By Dr. Steve Kessel, Director of Marine Research at Shedd Aquarium Did you know that over 400 species of sharks call our oceans home? These predators originated around 450 million years ago, persisting through five mass extinction events since that time. Perhaps not as old as dirt, but sharks are older than trees by about...

By Dr. Karen Murchie, Research Biologist, Shedd Aquarium Mighty fish migrations are among the greatest marvels of nature. On April 21, 2018, people around the globe will celebrate World Fish Migration Day, building awareness of just how critical moving between habitats is for many species. Why spend the energy to migrate? These fish are on...

The following is a blog post by Dr. Steve Kessel, director of marine research at Shedd Aquarium. You don’t have to be a scientist to contribute to a global research study thanks to a growing number of projects that rely on citizen science. These are projects in which volunteers and scientists work together to answer real-world...

The following is a blog post by Marie Kowalski, Learning Specialist at Shedd Aquarium, about the important role of education in reducing marine debris and plastic pollution.   Take a moment to look around. How many items can you see right now that are made at least partly with plastic? Cell phones, pens, toothbrushes, buttons and...

This blog post was written by Krista Sherman, Research Associate at Shedd Aquarium and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Exeter. Krista’s research is focused on understanding endangered Nassau grouper populations in The Bahamas. In the winter, under the light of full moon, Nassau grouper, Epinephelus striatus, migrate great distances, often over 300 km, to...

Cecily Smith, senior at Grinnell College majoring in Sociology and Chinese with plans to pursue a career in education During high school, I took AP Environmental Science taught by a phenomenal teacher and loved everything I learned, which inspired me to study Environmental Science in college and pursue a career in conservation. When I applied...

While sharks have the reputation of being indestructible, their populations are actually decreasing and some species are endangered or vulnerable to extinction. As apex predators, sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining populations of lower trophic levels and serving as an indicator for ocean health.  For Shark Week, Shedd Aquarium is raising...

In honor of World Penguin Day, Shedd Aquarium is sharing a special look inside the penguin habitat during nesting season! Spring is here and love is in the air. For Shedd Aquarium’s rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, the arrival of spring marks the arrival of another season; nesting season. During the month of April, the two penguin...

The following is a blog post by Garrett Johnson, stewardship specialist for conservation partnerships and programs at Shedd Aquarium. “Only within the moment of time . . . has one species — man — acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world.” Rachel Carson’s poignant words spurred the environmental movement of the 1960’s. When...

Did you know scientists estimate there are only 30 vaquita porpoises left in the world making them the most critically endangered marine mammal on Earth? The rare and tiny 100-pound, 5-foot long, toothed whale only lives in the northern pocket of the Gulf of California, Mexico, having the most restricted range of any cetacean. Due...

At Shedd Aquarium, animal trainers celebrated Valentine’s Day by showing love to the special animals in our care. Five experts showcase the most rewarding part of their jobs, favorite memories, and what a typical day is like working with our animals. Whether its Nickel, a rescued green sea turtle, or Charlotte, a Magellanic penguin, these...

The following is a blog post by Tim Binder, executive vice president of animal care, Shedd Aquarium. When zoos and aquariums first opened, we thought of ourselves as modern Noah’s arks – protecting wildlife from the approaching “flood” of species extinction. Now, we have a broader focus on proactive, in-the-field research aimed at habitat preservation and...