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Shedd Aquarium Trip

  • September 3, 2008
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  • Posted By Justin @ 6:36 PM
I have been to the Shedd Aquarium several times in Chicago. It really is a great public aquarium. They have a large Oceanarium that closes this month for a year. They are spending $50,000,000 on renovating the pools and life support system. It needed it. The pools are stained and busted, and the windows were dirty and scratched in a bad way.

They did have a new Caribbean Reef exhibit. I guess I am hard to please, it was not very impressive.

I did love all of their usual exhibits including their Blue Iguana. It is a beautiful lizard and fun to watch. We were watching it for about 30 minutes and had too move on. It is sad that this species is critically endangered. There are only about 300 of these animals living in the wild on Grand Cayman. They are among the most long lived lizards on earth, some can reach the ripe old age of 75 years.

An amazing freshwater turtle at the Shedd. A guy that used to work for me had one of these. The Fly River Turtle. They are also a threatened animal. They were on CITES II and I think they still are. It is funny because The Park on 10th Avenue had one too in a scratched up tank behind the upstairs bar. Not sure how people get these. Black Market I guess. They are smuggled into the united states. There are no known breeders selling babies here in the U.S. that I know of.