Chicago is a long way from the ocean, but this spring, a pair of
exhibits will be bringing creatures of the deep to the city.
[Get a sneak peek! Listen to a whale song
The Shedd Aquarium's Jellies and the Field Museum's
Whales open in April and May, respectively, and include
up-close and interactive looks at some drastically different
Jellies is an original exhibit and
will open April 15 in the space currently occupied by the welcome
center. More than 10 species of jellyfish, including translucent
moon jellies and upside-down jellies, will be on display, with
several species being brought in to join the three species already
at the aquarium.
Aquarium spokeswoman Melissa Kruth says the impetus for the
exhibit came from a close look at the Shedd's social media
"On Flickr and Youtube, jellies were the most photographed and
videoed of our animals," she says. "They're enormously popular and
we're very excited about the expanded exhibit."
Whales: Giants of the
Deep, which run at the Field May 20 to Jan. 16, 2011,
combines the science of whales with their cultural
significance to cultures around the world. The centerpiece of the
exhibit is a pair of full sperm whale skeletons, stretching 58 and
32 feet long, and a car-sized model of a blue whale heart that kids
can crawl through. The exhibit also includes whale songs, exhibits
about traditional South Pacific cultures, and a virtual scuba dive
to hunt giant squid.
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