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SEAsons Greetings: Hand-picked holiday gift ideas from Birch Aquarium

Dr. Seuss’ classic book makes a great gift for your little guppies.

By Leorah Gavidor, Gift Shop blogger

As the holiday season approaches, we hope you will consider shopping at Birch Aquarium’s Gift Shop, where a unique selection of ocean-themed gifts and books will spark your imagination and delight even the hard-to-shop-for on your [...]

Books for Kids: Marine Biographies

Manfish, By Jennifer Berne. Illustrated by Éric Puybaret

By Leorah Gavidor, Gift Shop blogger

Manfish By Jennifer Berne • Illustrated by Éric Puybaret $16.99 (hardcover only) 

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau By Dan Yaccarino $7.99 (paperback) 

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle [...]

Books for Kids: Poetry in the Ocean

By Leorah Gavidor, Gift Shop blogger

Have you ever thought about diving in to poetry? Pick up this trio of ocean-themed children’s poetry books at Birch Aquarium at Scripps and delve into an underwater world of curious creatures, imaginative language, and engaging illustrations that combine marine biology and poetry. Try reading one aloud at bedtime for [...]

Unique Gifts for Marine-Life Lovers

Tis’ the SEAson to shop for great ocean-themed gifts. Visit the Birch Aquarium Gift Shop (you don’t need an admission ticket to shop!) and browse our selection of unique items for the holidays, including books, glass paperweights, ornaments, toys, and clothing for adults and kids. We can also mail to anywhere!

Seahorses in Myth, Legend & Art

The Lydian seahorse

Written by Dr. Nigella Hillgarth, Birch Aquarium at Scripps executive director

I remember being spellbound when I saw my first seahorse as a child. It seemed as exotic and remote as the seahorses of myth and legend and equally enthralling. Ever since, these extraordinary fish, and their relatives, have fascinated me. [...]