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False Killer Whales off of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Photo taken by  Michelle Robbins of NOAA

What is that? Is it a big dolphin? That dorsal fin is shaped kinda funny… Is it all black? Did it just jump out of the water?

These are just a few of the exciting questions that guests onboard Marietta as well as at Birch Aquarium were asking in the last few weeks. The warmer […]

Baja California Whale Adventure: Discovering More Than Just Whales

By Lisa Gilfillan, Education Specialist

Our annual Baja California Whale Adventure, a collaboration between Birch Aquarium at Scripps and Andiamo Tours Mexico, is a naturalist-guided adventure to the lagoons of Baja California. Guests witness gray whales playing, resting, and investigating their curious visitors before heading north to their Arctic feeding grounds.

Guests get up close and […]

SEA Days: Ocean Love

by Lisa Gilfillan, education specialist

Every month, the third Saturday is a special day at Birch Aquarium: SEA Days! As the tagline suggests, SEA Days are always full of  “Science, Exploration and Adventure.” Visitors and members can meet a Scripps Institution of Oceanography or UC San Diego researcher and get hands-on […]

Love is in the Water

By Naturalist Alexx Robles

Alexx Robles attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and majored in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geology. When not whale watching or teaching classes at Birch Aquarium, she likes to spend her time surfing, practicing yoga, or hiking.

Last week, while aboard Flagship Cruises & Events’ Marietta, we had the opportunity […]

Ocean Love Spotlight – California Sheephead

February SEA Days: Ocean Love

Every month, the third Saturday is a special day at Birch Aquarium: SEA Days! As the tagline suggests, SEA Days are always full of  “Science, Exploration and Adventure.” Visitors and members can meet a Scripps Institution of Oceanography or UC San Diego researcher and get hands-on with science, participate in […]

A Seadragon Birthday

Our First Hatched Baby Seadragon Turns 1!

Following in the footsteps of our successful Seahorse Propagation Program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, Birch Aquarium’s husbandry team is developing a propagation program for seadragons. Found only off the coast of Australia, seadragons are endangered and breeding programs such as ours can help protect […]

Coral Reef Ambassadors Travel to Taiwan

High Tech Middle Media Arts teacher Erika Reed (center) and her students get ready to snorkel over Hobihu Reef in Taiwan.

By Fernando Nosratpour, interim co-curator

In 2012, Birch Aquarium at Scripps and our sister aquarium, the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA) in Taiwan, were awarded a highly competitive Museums Connect […]

Birch Aquarium Shines a Light on Sustainability

By Kate Jirik, Birch Aquarium science educator and naturalist

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is taking gradual steps toward sustainable business practices. Our most recent success involved upgrading 150 exhibit lights to energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. Find out why this facility improvement means so much to us.

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Exhibit carpenter Kevin Stephens has been […]

Journey to Baja California: Gaining a New Perspective on Gray Whales

A female gray whale greets visitors to its Baja California breeding lagoon during a special whale-watching excursion with Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

By Audrey Evans, whale watching coordinator

Earlier this season, Birch Aquarium at Scripps teamed up with Andiamo Tour Mexico to embark on a remarkable expedition to two gray whale breeding lagoons in […]

Birch Aquarium Greets the World for Whale Watching

Study abroad student Phil Shu (right) and two other eager learners investigate gray whale specimens with volunteer naturalist Courtney Ocheltree (left).

By Kate Jirik, Birch Aquarium naturalist

A blanket of coastal fog is clearing as whale watching boat Marietta edges out of San Diego Bay. Higher-than-expected waves catch many passengers off guard, but the […]