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Shedd Aquarium marks 80th anniversary of lungfish

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Granddad, an Australian lungfish that Shedd Aquarium officials say is the world’s oldest-known living fish in an aquarium, has lived at the aquarium for the past 80 years after being brought there for the 1933 World’s Fair. The aquarium will mark the occasion with a party on today.                                 (AP Photo/Shedd Aquarium, Brenna Hernandez)

 

CHICAGO (AP) - It’s been 80 years and counting for Granddad the Australian lungfish.

That’s how long he has lived at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium after being brought there for the 1933 World’s Fair. And on Tuesday, the aquarium will mark the occasion with a party.

Granddad will get an ice cake that includes some of his favorites: smelt, shrimp, peas and squash with a seaweed frosting. And there’ll be a special presentation for guests featuring Shedd officials, Australian Consul-General Roger Price and an animal expert.

Shedd officials say Granddad is the world’s oldest-known living fish in an aquarium. His exact age is unknown because he was already fully grown when he arrived in Chicago.

He’s 4 feet long and weighs 20 pounds.

Australian lungfish have one lung and can surface to breathe air.

 

Posted 9/17/2013