(This is a picture of a Shad’s otolith or ear bone.) Close followers of ScienceCheerleader.com are aware of my fascination with the Shad. Managed to feature this near-extinct fish in a science policy paper , a folksy radio documentary,  and now a (short) environment article in Discover Magazine reaching more than 7 million readers.  (June issue is on the newsstands now.)
PS: I even ran in the Shad Run a few weeks ago here in Philly with hundreds of other devoted Shad fans. I encourage you to celebrate this mighty fish while we’re still graced with its presence.

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