Shedd Aquarium will open a new special exhibit this spring with 100 different species representing the “vibrant beauty of marine life” found in lakes, rivers and oceans across the globe, the aquarium announced this week.
The exhibit, called “Underwater Beauty,” is unique because it does not focus on one species or class of animals, like most of the aquarium’s other exhibits.
Developed exclusively for Shedd, “Underwater Beauty” will feature five separate rooms that display various characteristics of aquatic life and habitat. Four of the rooms will have a distinct feeling and mood reflecting different themes (shimmer, color, patterns and rhythm), and a final room will depict freshwater fish and plant life.
The exhibit will also include tactile elements, sounds and other features to immerse guests in the experience.
In a press release, Shedd called “Underwater Beauty” the most diverse special exhibit in the aquarium’s 88-year history.
“Beauty in this exhibit is truly in the eye of the beholder, and guests will learn how the animals use their stunning and surprising adaptations and behaviors in ways you couldn’t even imagine,” said Mark Schick, Shedd’s director of fishes exhibit development, in the release. “Underwater Beauty truly showcases the brilliance of biodiversity in our waterways, embracing beauty that comes in all different forms, shapes, sizes and colors.”
As visitors move through the exhibit, they’ll watch sea jellies pulse, eels ribbon and a rainbow come alive with reef fish in an “evocative and immersive experience meant to astound the senses,” according to Shedd.
“Underwater Beauty” opens Friday, May 25, ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, and will be available to all guests with general admission tickets.
For more information about the exhibit, visit Shedd’s website.
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