From the tropics of the Indian Ocean to the cold waters of the Arctic, Shedd Aquarium is set to host new eco-travel opportunities throughout 2019, allowing adventure-seekers to see the world, up close and incredible, alongside the aquarium’s animal experts. Through the “Shedd Adventures” travel program, participants can travel to The Bahamas, Canada, and South Africa, where they will come face-to-fin with aquatic animals like beluga whales, penguins, and sharks through activities such as boating, snorkeling, hiking, and more.
“If you’re going to travel the world to see the beautiful ecosystems and animals that live in them, what better way to travel than with animal experts and fellow wildlife enthusiasts. Each trip is specially catered to travelers with an affinity for wildlife and is inspired by the animals at Shedd that spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world every day.” said Shannon Fuller, assistant director of conservation travel at Shedd Aquarium
One new addition to the lineup of expeditions is a trip to The Bahamas alongside Dr. Steve Kessel, director of marine research at Shedd Aquarium, to contribute to Shedd’s ongoing research of sharks and rays aboard the aquarium’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II. Another is an adventure north to Churchill, Manitoba with Steve Aibel, senior director of marine mammals at Shedd Aquarium, to witness beluga whales filling the Hudson Bay and polar bears strutting across icy land.
The custom-designed trips allow for single-travelers, couples and groups. Some experiences allow participants to add-on extra experiences to make the most of their time abroad.