Shedd Aquarium's Most Stunning and Adorable Shots from 2016
Brenna Hernandez, the photographer for Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, shares her favorite shots from 2016.
Ellie the Otter
Ellie was found alone on a beach in Carmel, California, crying for her missing mom. First she was taken to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for rehabilitation before being moved to Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. After around-the-clock care for several months, Ellie is now one of the most energetic pups at the aquarium. She is especially a fan of diving head first down the water slide into her exhibit.
These beautiful creatures are only found in the Arctic and subarctic waters of the Northern Hemisphere, where they eat up to 80 pounds of fish a day.
This beak-to-beak pair are some of the Ruddy ducks that call Shedd home. Ruddy ducks are clumsy walkers, but powerful swimmers, so they spend most of their time in the water.
While this guy doesn't look much like a zebra now, he and all other zebra sharks are born with dark brown stripes that fade as they get older.
At Shedd, these beautiful fish live in the Wild Reef exhibit. In the wild, they live in exotic coral reefs. In both habitats, these pretty swimmers use their bold colors to blend in with the stunning coral around them.
Kukdlaa the Dolphin Calf
Kukdlaa joined the Shedd family in April 2016, born to mom Katrl. The calf is a Pacific white-sided dolphin, whose name means bubbles in the Pacific Northwest native language of Tinlingit.
Biff the Sea Lion
This rescued sea lion came to the aquarium from Washington and loves to impress his keepers and guests with his quick swimming. He can reach speeds up to 20 mph.
Baby American Alligator
This is one of the eight baby alligators who came to Shedd this year. All of the new arrivals love basking on logs and propelling through the water.
American Bullfrogs, like this one at Shedd, are the biggest frogs in North America, measuring up to 8 inches long.
Don't let the name scare you! Stingrays are available for meet and greets at Shedd in its Stingray Touch exhibit.