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Kelp Forest Tank Under Construction: Repairs Underway

From January 6 through February 7, 2014, Birch Aquarium’s kelp forest exhibit will be off display while minor repairs are made to the tank’s concrete structure. Our aquarists will also use this opportunity to freshen the exhibit’s look with new animals. We are grateful for your support so that when the exhibit reopens on February [...]

Kelp Forest Tank Under Construction: Getting Ready

From January 6 through February 7, 2014, Birch Aquarium’s kelp forest exhibit will be off display while minor repairs are made to the tank’s concrete structure. Our aquarists will also use this opportunity to freshen the exhibit’s look with new animals. We are grateful for your support so that when the exhibit reopens on February [...]

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 [...]

Healthy Corals: Birch Aquarium contributes to recent Scripps discovery

Birch Aquarium’s coral habitats feature captive-raised coral to lessen our impact on the environment.

A study released this week by marine biologists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego provides the basis for a new, non-invasive way scientists can assess the health of corals in the wild, a discovery aided by Birch Aquarium’s [...]

Packing in with the Sardines

Birch Aquarium at Scripps aquarist Jeremy Lord dives in the 2,000-gallon sardine tank to clean algae off the glass.

Your first memory of sardines may be from playing the game as a kid. This version of hide-and-seek makes players hide in a small space together, packed like sardines in a can.

At Birch Aquarium at [...]

Seadragons, Part 5: Diving at Flinder’s and Visting Melbourne Aquarium

By Leslee Matsushige, aquarium co-curator

I’m happy to report that our second trip to Flinder’s Jetty was a success!

If you recall, we were greeted with murky water during our first attempt to dive at the Jetty, a well known site for weedy seadragons. Strong northernly winds didn’t make us feel optimistic about our second [...]

Birch Aquarium Recognized for Sustainable Leadership

Senator Christine Kehoe (right) congratulates Catie Fyfe and Charina Layman of Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Birch Aquarium’s efforts to be sustainable and to teach the community about sustainable living garnered special recognition yesterday. The California Center for Sustainable Energy honored the aquarium with its Sustainable Community Leadership award during the Center’s eighth annual Energy All-Star Award Ceremony.

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A Whale of an Opera

Lighting techniques and multimedia help transform the stage into the Peqoud. ©Karen Almond/The Dallas Opera.

It’s not often that marine science and the opera find common ground, but the two will merge this February in the San Diego Opera’s highly anticipated production of “Moby-Dick.” Based on the Herman Melville novel, the acclaimed new opera [...]

A Fishy Proposal

We love marriage proposals at Birch Aquarium. There’s just something about the ocean that brings out the romantic in everyone who visits.

Congrats to J.J. and his new fiance, Christine, who got engaged a few weeks ago in front of our coral tank. Our aquarists dipped a proposal sign into the tank, unbeknownst to Christine [...]

Boundless Energy is Open!

Happy Opening Day!

We couldn’t have been more excited to open the gates this morning to Boundless Energy. And it seems like our visitors –especially the kids – really like this new addition.

Hope you visit soon.

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