Ask the Aquarium — “Why do small fish matter?”

I’m standing in front of River Giants, and these have our big fish. That’s what everyone seems to be attracted to and notice, but our rivers and creeks are full of small, little fish that are really important. What are these big fish going to eat? They’ve got to eat smaller fish. What do these […]

Serena’s Story: Why Sensory Inclusivity Matters at the Aquarium

Do you want to go to the Aquarium today? Today, I came with my husband, Craig, and my two children, Serena, who is 7, and Lucas, my son, who just turned 4. Serena has a couple of diagnoses. When she was six months old, she started to have seizures, so she was diagnosed with epilepsy. […]

Endangered Blanding’s Turtles Released into the Wild

My name is Celeste Troon, I am the curator and director of living collections at the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Today is a very special day! Because today we are going to release 92 hatchling Blanding’s turtles that we have been raising at the Nature Museum for the past year. […]

Ask the Aquarium — “Why do the turtles stretch out their legs?”

We’re doing turtle yoga here in the swamp. We do it every single day, but what that means is for our aquatic turtles, these guys living in their life in the water, they’ve got to get out and catch some sunlight. So they’re crawling out and they are basking. What that means for them is […]

SBLI – Fly Fishing and the State of Striped Bass Fishery Film 2019, New York

If you’re a fisherman on Long Island and you like to fish for striped bass then winter feels like it’s the longest season of the year there’s no fishing for stripers in fact there is no saltwater fishing at all but when spring comes this cold world changes it becomes a fantastic fishing ground and […]

The Last Turtle | Ep.1, The Nature Island

Nature to me is life. Humans depend on nature to exist. So nature is very, very, very important to us. Landing in Dominica is like landing in Jurassic Park. The island is beautiful, lush green forests, crystal clear water. Dominica is a breathtaking country, mountainous. It is different from the other Caribbean Islands. Yeah, Dominica […]

Finding Nemo Dentist Office Fish Tank Animals

Hey everyone!Ocean conservation and marine life expert Jaclyn Friedlander here. Today we’re going to learn about the real animals behind the characters Bloat, Deb, Jacques, and Gurgle from Finding Nemo. All of these animals lived with Gil Bubbles and Peach in the dentist office fish tank in the movie. Ff you want more info on […]

Ask the Aquarium — “What is a turtle’s shell made of?”

That’s a great question. So today, I’m holding a Mexican Box Turtle. This is a male. You know that because of the really bright colorations he has and a few other ways, of course, too. For the shell, it’s actually made of bone, and it’s covered in a keratin overlayer. Now, that keratin is the […]

Shell-ebrating the Year of the Turtle in 2020!

I work at an Aquarium that really likes turtles and supports us in doing turtle — turtle-y things. Pretty much, I do turtle stuff all day, if I can get away with it. It’s hard not to look at a turtle and go, “Hey, that’s a cool animal,” you know? They live a long time. […]

SeaWorld’s Real. Amazing. Solutions to Protect Tropical Fish

Want to see something real and amazing? This is a blue tang, an increasingly popular marine fish according to marine animal experts, the only source for blue tangs is taking them from the wild and that could become a real problem. Every time I go into a fish store and I see some little kid […]