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Shedd honors 80 years with lungfish “Granddad”

Despite his age, “Granddad” still knows how to party.

“Granddad,” the Australian lungfish, that is.

The Shedd Aquarium is throwing on Tuesday an 80th anniversary party for the fish. The Shedd welcomed “Granddad” during the World’s Fair in 1933 as a gift from Australia. The lungfish was the first of its kind on exhibit in the U.S. “Granddad” is now the oldest fish in any aquarium in the world.

“He seems to be very healthy. Very active. A lot of people have a great relationship with him, and a lot invested in him. So, we hope to see him for years to come here at the aquarium,” said Michelle Sattler of the Shedd.

“Granddad” is four feet long, and weighs 20 pounds. No word on his exact age. He uses one lung in conjunction with his gills to breathe. Lungfishes are slow swimmers, and like to sit on the bottoms of rivers and streams. They have fins that are highly developed and can be used as support.

“Granddad’s” treat: a cake made of frozen fish parts, fruits, and vegetables.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.


2 Comments to “Shedd honors 80 years with lungfish “Granddad””

    Aust. Cons. said:
    September 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Thanks Robert for the great story, good to meet you today. Grandad done his country of origin proud today as did the Shedd and WGN 9 – thank you.

    Jason said:
    September 17, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Since they were doing a story on an incredibly old fish and failed to mention how long they usually live, here you go. About 100 years or so.

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