A trip to Shedd Aquarium now includes a lakeside view of a prehistoric species.
In an effort to support the habitats that thrive in the region, Shedd has renovated its historic local waters exhibit and created an interactive experience dedicated to Great Lakes wildlife and conservation.
Now called "At Home on the Great Lakes," the exhibit features more than 60 species that depend on the ecosystems provided by the waters. They include animals from around the basin and a new hands-on area where guests can touch sturgeons, a slow-moving prehistoric species that can grow up to 9 feet in length.
“Our Great Lakes are our homes,” said Cameron Davis, senior advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Exhibits like this at Shedd help educate the next generation that protecting the lakes is important, so that the lakes can continue to provide for us.”
"While serving on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, I heard from experts around the basin about pressing issues facing the Great Lakes, which is why we became committed to protecting this unparalleled natural resource," Shedd CEO Ted A. Beattie said.
Beattie said the region is facing a gamut of issues including climate change and pollution. By visiting the exhibit, guests will be able to understand the important connections communities have with the Great Lakes and address potential repercussions and solutions.
The gallery will be included in all ticket passes. The Total Experience Pass tickets currently costs $37.95 per adult, $28.95 per child, which includes a 4D movie and the jelly exhibit.