Underwater Beauty: Shedd Aquarium's Special Exhibit

By Mary Simon

Oceans, lakes, and rivers are filled with unusual and stunning creatures. Many of us never get to see what beauty lies beneath the surface. Chicago's Shedd Aquarium is the best place to see these strange and bizarre creatures. But before you head to the museum, take a glance at the gems we have in our collection. It will enhance your visit.

  • Eels: An Exploration, From New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Amazing and Mysterious Fish

    2010 by Prosek, James

    Mysterious, quirky, and forever fascinating to many cultures—the eel is revealed in this book by writer/painter Prosek.

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  • Coral Reefs

    2017 by Riggs, Kate

    This booklet, intended for youth, contains so many interesting facts and photos that adults will benefit from it as well. Updated with the newest information about our amazing coral reefs.

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  • Sea Jellies: From Corals to Jellyfish

    2002 by Sharth, Sharon

    Another booklet which adults will appreciate as much as kids. Sea jellies may look delicate but they are lethal predators. With their gossamer bodies they float as if by magic, but watch out! If you're like me, you're wondering which of these jellies will be featured in the Shedd's exhibit. My vote goes to the Portuguese man-of-war, phosphorescent sea pen, fire coral, and starlet sea anemone—all featured in this book.

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  • Fishes: A Guide to Fresh- and Salt-water Species

    1987 by Zim, Herbert Spencer

    Both fresh and saltwater fishes are covered in this guidebook. Includes colorful, high-definition photos, as well as an easy-to-use identification grid.

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  • Pill Bugs & Sow Bugs and Other Crustaceans

    2001 by Pascoe, Elaine

    These fascinating organisms live on the land, near fresh water bodies, as well as the ocean. If you want to see these critters up close in remarkably detailed photographs, be sure to check out this book. The photography is amazing.

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  • The Secret Life of Clams: The Mysteries and Magic of Our Favorite Shellfish

    2014 by Fredericks, Anthony D.

    This wry retelling of all things clammy is written by a noted marine biologist who injects the right amount of humor to render the subject captivating in all its complexities. If you relish clam chowder or linguine with white clam sauce, be sure to take a look at this fascinating book.

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  • Seahorses

    2003 by George, Twig C.

    Seahorses seem to be everyone's favorite sea creature and this volume describes their physical characteristics, behavior patterns, and habitats. You're introduced, not only to seahorses, but sea dragons and pipe fish through wonderful photographs and easy-to-understand text.

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  • Shell

    2013 by Arthur, Alex

    One of the best shell mini-encyclopedias on the market. Everything you want to know about shells and shelling is covered in this definitive book.

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  • Skates and Rays

    2006 by Sjonger, Rebecca

    Part of the Living Ocean series, this book describes the manner in which skates and rays catch their prey, their habitats, and physical characteristics. These sea creatures are endangered, yet they contribute immensely to the ocean's habitat. Learn more about them through this text.

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  • Coral Reef Adventure


    The underwater world of the coral reef is explored in this gorgeous DVD. Environmental concerns about the disappearance of this ecosystem are addressed as well.

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