"Explore the water world at Shedd Aquarium" Top 5 Page for this destination Illinois Things to Do Tip by Faiza-Ifrah
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Shedd is without any doubt the World's Aquarium. Here, in a live dolphin show at the 'Oceanarium', my son Rayyan was invited in front of a capacity audience to feed and play with Pacific White-sided Dolphins (see the pictures).
When we entered Shedd Aquarium, the 5 of us were so excited that each decided to move in different direction. Commonsense prevailed soon, we got together and laid out a plan to explore the aquarium in an organized manner.
For the next 7 hours we entered the underwater in our imagination donning mask and flippers. 'Waters of the World' section mesmirised us by its collection of sea life from Iguanas to seahorses to frogs to Australian lungfish.
'Carribean Reef' section brought us face to face with rays, parrot fish, bone head sharks, green sea turtles. Here we saw a diver in the awesome tank feeding the fish.
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We then walked to 'Oceanarium' where we saw the demonstration of playful Pacific white-sided dolphins. Moving on, we saw feeding of Alaska sea otters, penguins, and something that really captivated us - Beluga whales. There was a baby beluga too, named Bela, born in july 2005, swimming alongside of her caring mother.
Finally, we had to take an elevator down to the ' Wild Reef' section. The Aquarium has created a rich eco-system here, complete with corals (which incidently are grown up within the laboratories of the Aquarium as is most fish), sharks and more than 500 species of reef fishes. Of special interest to us was a display where fish were thriving in an artificial rocky reefs pounded upon by waves.
Finally, each one of us had our pick at the Gift shop.
Directions: Take exit on Street 18 on Lakeshore Drive.
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