WBEZ | Shedd Aquarium http://www.wbez.org/tags/shedd-aquarium Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en What I See: A trainer's day at the Shedd Aquarium http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle/what-i-see-trainers-day-shedd-aquarium-107766 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/beluga.png" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="620" scrolling="no" src="http://storywheel.cc/jessica-whiton/a-trainers-day-at-the-shedd" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Jessica Whiton is the Assistant Supervisor of Cetaceans &amp; Marine Mammals at the <a href="http://www.sheddaquarium.org/" target="_blank">John G. Shedd Aquarium</a>. She documented a day in her life: from her morning commute to rubbing the tongues of baby Beluga whales.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>More from the What I See project: </strong></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/what-i-see-bike-bee-107686" target="_blank">Bike-a-Bee with Jana Kinsman</a></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/what-i-see-early-morning-edition-107362" target="_blank">Early Morning Edition with Lauren Chooljian</a></p><p><em>Show us what your Chicago looks like! Email web producer Logan Jaffe ljaffe@wbez.org to find out more about how to make a What I See slideshow for WBEZ.</em></p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle/what-i-see-trainers-day-shedd-aquarium-107766 Huge Asian carp from Humboldt Park Lagoon take up residence at the Shedd Aquarium http://www.wbez.org/news/huge-asian-carp-humboldt-park-lagoon-take-residence-shedd-aquarium-104513 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS6852_Bighead Carp D75Q0170-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Three Asian carp caught in the Humboldt Park Lagoon have joined the display of invasive species at Chicago&rsquo;s Shedd Aquarium.</p><p>The carp are huge, old and beady-eyed to boot. So how did they show up in an enclosed lagoon in the middle of Chicago?</p><p>&ldquo;Nobody can say for sure,&rdquo; said John Rogner of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Fishermen and boats could have accidentally brought carp into the lagoon by introducing even small amounts of organic matter from another waterway.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F72021688&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>And these fish are more than 10 years old, which means they&#39;ve likely been hanging out in Humboldt for a while.</p><p>Rogner said the DNR itself could be the inadvertent source. Chicago-area lagoons are stocked each year with loads of fish including bluegills and catfish for urban fishing programs run by the DNR and the Chicago Park District. The DNR only started closely monitoring those loads for Asian carp minnows a few years ago, when it became evident the giant fish were creeping closer and closer to Lake Michigan.</p><p>The carp are now a dominant presence in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-22/how-invasion-asian-carp-are-affecting-illinois-town-88187">some parts of the Illinois River</a>, which is connected to the Chicago River via the Sanitary and Ship Canal.&nbsp;</p><p>The DNR hires commercial fishermen to catch Asian carp in the Illinois River. The DNR says they remove hundreds of tons of carp a week, most of which are ground up for organic fertilizer.</p><p>But even with two electric barriers in place and a third under construction to block passage into Chicago&rsquo;s waterways, Asian carp get around. The Humboldt Lagoon carp are a great example; the lagoon isn&#39;t connected to another waterway, yet there they are.</p><p>Rogner said fishermen and boaters should never dump water or fish from one waterway into another because there&#39;s a danger of inadvertent transfer.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s now illegal to possess or move a live Asian carp.</p><p>&ldquo;We just cannot take that risk,&rdquo; said Rogner. &ldquo;And people, especially fishermen and others who might be in a position to move these fish around, need to be aware of that.&rdquo;</p><p>The DNR gave the carp to the Shedd to raise awareness about the risks posed by invasive species.&nbsp;If Asian carp make it into the Great Lakes, scientists and environmentalists say it would devastate the ecosystem.</p></p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/huge-asian-carp-humboldt-park-lagoon-take-residence-shedd-aquarium-104513 Chicago hospital treats unique patients, and some of them live underwater http://www.wbez.org/world/2012-04-26/chicago-hospital-treats-unique-patients-and-some-them-live-underwater-98596 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS5460_Copy%20ofIMG_9291-scr.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: left; height: 200px; width: 300px;" title="This pharmacy serves animals, not people. (Photo courtesy of Shedd Aquarium)">This may sound strange, but the first creature I saw on my visit to the Shedd Aquarium Animal Hospital was a Great Horned Owl. I was in the loading-dock area, about to enter the Shedd, when I saw this creature on the gloved arm of a staffer. They were making their way to an area outside of the building so that this magnificent specimen could get some fresh air. The owl seemed to be staring at me with all the intensity of his species.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Aracari1%20%281%29.jpg" style="float: right; height: 255px; width: 170px; margin: 5px;" title="This Aracari bird proved to be a good patient. (Photo courtesy of Shedd Aquarium)"></div>I was only about 5 feet away when suddenly the owl displayed his enormous wing span and nearly scared the pants off of me! It was the closest I've ever been to an owl. What an experience! I had no idea that the facility treated fowl as well as fish.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><p>When I was first assigned to the story, I flashed back to the 1950s when my fifth-grade class made the obligatory Shedd Aquarium visit followed by the "ever-popular" essay about the experience. It was nice back then, but I found it &nbsp;much more fun as an adult! This time I learned some things that reshaped my thinking about the health of the creatures the Shedd is responsible for and how that impacts the environment that we talk about so frequently these days.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/blandings%20%281%29.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: left; height: 200px; width: 300px;" title="The staff X-rayed this Blanding's turtle. (Photo courtesy of Shedd Aquarium)">The staff I met at the hospital were some of the most dedicated people I’ve had the privilege of interviewing. I’m planning a return trip, this time with my four grandchildren! I won’t even make them write an essay.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><em>To learn how the Shedd anesthetizes a fish, or checks the health of a pregnant whale, listen to the audio above.</em></p></p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/world/2012-04-26/chicago-hospital-treats-unique-patients-and-some-them-live-underwater-98596 Sea lion dies at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium http://www.wbez.org/story/sea-lion-dies-chicagos-shedd-aquarium-96961 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-05/Otis 480P9236.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-05/Otis 480P9236.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 420px;" title="Otis, a 13-year-old male sea lion, was euthanized by the Shedd Aquarium last week. (Courtesy of the Shedd Aquarium)"><br> Caretakers at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium say they have euthanized a 13-year-old male California sea lion named Otis.</p><p>Aquarium officials say they made the decision after the sea lion showed a rapid decline in health due to progressive urogenital cancer. Otis came to the Shedd Aquarium in 2009 as part of a program to relocate sea lions from the Bonneville Dam in Washington state. Dozens of sea lions were endangering fish stocks in the Columbia River.</p><p>Veterinarians say Otis started losing his appetite and showing signs of lethargy a few weeks ago. He was euthanized last week. Shedd Aquarium animal care and training vice president Ken Ramirez said euthanizing the sea lion was a "difficult but necessary decision."</p><p>Shedd has two other male California sea lions named Biff and Tyler.</p></p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 15:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/sea-lion-dies-chicagos-shedd-aquarium-96961 Entry free at the Shedd this week http://www.wbez.org/story/entry-free-shedd-week-87772 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-13/Shedd Aquarium_Flickr_Ken Douglas.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>It's summer at the Shedd. The aquarium along Chicago's lakefront is offering a week of free admission to its original galleries starting Monday and ending Friday. Aquarium officials say it's a celebration of summer vacation and warmer weather.</p><p>The aquarium will also offer discounts on its Shedd Pass, which includes admission to areas of the aquarium that feature belugas and sharks.</p><p>Shedd officials say the aquarium will stay open late this week with extended hours from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.</p></p> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/entry-free-shedd-week-87772