Chicago aquarium celebrates life of 80-year-old lungish

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    CHICAGO, IL (CBS/WBBM) -- Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. Shedd Aquarium celebrates its most popular senior resident, Granddad, the Australian lungfish, and his 80th anniversary at the aquarium. Visitors are invited to learn about this remarkable fish - the oldest of any zoo or aquarium in the world - during a special presentation.

    To honor the favorite old timer's special anniversary, the first 80 guests to the aquarium will receive FREE general admission when they purchase their ticket at the aquarium on Sept. 17. Visitors will have the chance to explore fascinating species from around the world, including the amazing and charismatic animals of Australia.

    In 1933, Granddad was brought to Shedd during the World's Fair. The lungfish was the first of its kind on exhibit in the United States.

    The 4-foot-long, 20-pound elder is the oldest fish at Shedd and is the longest-living fish in any aquarium in the world. Although he has resided at the aquarium for 80 years, Granddad's exact age is still unknown as he was already full grown upon arriving at the aquarium.

    Shedd Aquarium is supported by the people of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the Chicago Park District. Shedd Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.

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