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Kelp Forest at Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla, Calif.

Welcome to Onboard, the blog of Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography!

Stay connected with us through stories, videos, and pictures about our programs, our staff and volunteers, and the amazing animals that call the Birch Aquarium home.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science

Scripps Oceanography was founded in 1903 and has maintained a public aquarium and science museum for more than a century. More than 400,000 people, including more than 40,000 school children, visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps each year. The aquarium’s mission is to provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps research and to promote ocean conservation.

In addition to its award-winning exhibits, the aquarium is a world leader in two successful conservation efforts – coral propagation and seahorse breeding – that reduce the need for other aquariums and zoos to collect from the wild. In the past 15 years, the aquarium has raised 13 species of seahorses and shipped more than 3,000 specimens to 78 aquariums and zoos. Learn more!