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 […]

NO Filter, NO CO2, NO Ferts Aquarium What is it all about

Here is an example of aquarium without filter. No Filter means that this aquarium does not have any man-made filters. Wait, are there any other, no man-made filters in this aquarium? Yes. Sure. There are natural filters in every and all aquariums, including this one. Natural filters come in the form of different, yet well […]

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. […]

The art of preserving a blue marlin | Natural History Museum

So here we are in Hintze Hall, our newly renovated space. On this ground floor we have ten Wonder Bays, which show the sorts of collections that we’ve got. So on the east side we have we have extinct specimens, and on the west side we have extant specimens that are still in the world […]

5 Creepiest Sounds in the Ocean Ever Recorded

In November of 2016, the Canadian military began investigating a mysterious sound coming from the bottom of the Arctic. Inuit hunters were reportedly desperate after the unidentified noise caused sea animals to flee the area. The sound has been described by locals as a “pinging” emanating from somewhere on the sea floor in the Hecla […]

Drug-Addicted Fish Are Helping Scientists Solve the Opioid Crisis

Scientists are hooking fish on opioids to teach us how our brains get addicted to things. It sounds crazy, but it’s actually just science. Over 100 Americans die from overdoses every day. Two million Americans have some kind of opioid-related addiction, and overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. More […]

Alligator Snapping Turtles

The alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle species in North America. Kevin Enge and Travis Thomas, biologists with the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute are conducting a study that will determine the turtle’s population status, movements, and home range size in the Suwannee River. A 2-year sonic telemetry study is being funded […]

Does Your School Matter?

We’re all told to work hard in school, so that we can get into the best colleges or universities, and be successful. But, does the school you choose actually matter? Take a look at these SAT scores for an average school – which are out of 800, by the way. Those that have the highest […]

Using Fish Skins to Treat Bears Burned in California Wildfire

I don’t think all the animals with the severe burns that we’ve seen here could make it on their own. If you look at the literature, treating wild animals that have experienced this degree of burns just hasn’t been done, at least it hasn’t been written up and shared with other people. The bear, I […]

Our short-sighted inner fish: Vision explains why our fish ancestors came on to land

Almost 400 million years ago, some adventurous fish made a huge leap that eventually led to the evolution of humankind. They decided to come up on land We humans probably would never have evolved the intelligence we have today if not for that move onto land. Why? Because it vastly improved our eyesight. According to […]