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What is the 80-mile stretch west of Whitefish Point called?
Lake Superiorís Haunted Coast
Lake Superiorís Dangerous Coast
Lake Superiorís Shipwreck Coast
What was causing Lake Erie to die in the 1960s?
Phosphorous loads
Bioluminescent Algae
Oil spills

How much does the largest beluga whale at the aquarium weigh?
600 pounds
1200 pounds
1800 pounds

Great Lakes Shipwrecks

Ella FitzgeraldDid you know that thousands of ships rest at the bottom of the Great Lakes? The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point on the coast of Lake Superior, shipwreckmuseum.com, contains artifacts and stories of lives lost at sea, and maintains the Whitefish Point Light Station. Read about the most famous and mysterious wreck in Great Lakes history, the Edmund Fitzgerald. Watch “The Lost Fitzgerald Search Tapes,” listen to radio chatter from that day and view images of the wreck at the bottom of the lake.

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Protecting the Great Lakes

Lake SuperiorThe Great Lakes contain 20 percent of the Earth’s fresh water. The largest one, Lake Superior, is 1,332 feet deep with 2,726 miles of shoreline. The Environmental Protection Agency, epa.gov/great
lakes
, is committed to protecting the wildlife and ecosystems residing there. Millions of people rely on the lakes for water, food, recreation and even careers. Lakewide Management Plans outlines the challenges each lake faces. Because of its proximity to the densely populated cities of Chicago and Milwaukee, Lake Michigan faces greater challenges with pollution and waste management.


Visit the Aquarium

LunaChicago’s Shedd Aquarium houses 32,000 animals. Animals & Care, sheddaquarium.org/Animals-Care/Animal-Facts, describes the work of experts dedicated to providing the best possible environment for them. Did you know that a beluga whale can hold its breath underwater for 20 minutes? Check out Animal Facts to learn more about your favorite aquatic creatures. Meet Luna, the amazing sea otter rescued at just 5 weeks old, in Animal Health, Welfare & Training. Did you know that 90 percent of the trash in our oceans is plastic? You can help the Animal Response Team protect sea life by reducing your use of disposable bottles.

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Dear Amy: My family is planning an Alaskan cruise and they asked me to do some research. What time of year is best for taking this type of trip? — Karsyn W., Seattle, Washington

Dear Karsyn: The best time to go on an Alaskan cruise really depends on the type of weather your family enjoys. The cruising season runs from April through September, and the warmest months are June, July and August. The days are longer and you will have the chance to view a bigger variety of wildlife, such as bald eagles, mountain goats and humpback whales, as you explore the area. Another advantage of a summer cruise is that the month of June is the least likely to have rainy days.

If you don’t mind shorter days and cooler weather, there are also benefits to traveling in April and May. Crowds are smaller and there are fewer mosquitoes at this time of year. You may encounter snow and even icy conditions, however.

If you get seasick easily, you should steer clear of traveling in September, because the waters are rougher as hurricane season begins. For more information about wildlife you will encounter on your trip, visit Alaska’s Wildlife, alaskacruises.com/alaska-vacations/alaska-wildlife.

—Amy

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