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Meet the Locals: Soupfin Sharks

“Meet the Locals” is a 3-part blog series in honor of our local elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) and Shark Summer 2014. This is the second post. Part 1: Sevengill sharks

With Shark Summer in full swing, by now we are all pretty familiar with our local leopard sharks, which aggregate in the warm shallow waters of La [...]

Meet the Locals: Sevengill Sharks

“Meet the Locals” is a 3-part blog series in honor of our local elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) and Shark Summer 2014. This is the first post.

 How many gill slits do sharks have? If you answered “five,” you’d be about 99% correct. Almost all sharks have five gill slits, with the exception of the sharks in the [...]

SEA Days: Sharks On The Line

by Camila Pauda, Volunteer Programs Assistant

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 [...]

Dolphin Sightings Delight Whale Watchers

By Birch Aquarium naturalist Danielle Carter

Birch Aquarium is just past the halfway point of our 14th season of whale watching in partnership with Flagship Cruises & Events. So far, it’s been an incredible season, with over 400 whales spotted, including tiny calves and numerous breaches!

Photo by Marsha MacWillie.

But gray whales are [...]

San Diego Whale Watching Off to a Great Start

By Birch Aquarium naturalist Bekah Logan

Photo by Carol Rager visiting from Maupin, Oregon.

This is shaping up to be another fabulous San Diego whale watching season with Birch Aquarium and Flagship Cruises & Events. Calm seas and sunny days have been consistent, and wildlife sightings have been abundant. In the two [...]

Whale Watching Season is Here!

By Audrey Evans, Whale Watching Coordinator

How many miles have you traveled in 2013? 100? 1000? 5000? How about 10,000? That’s how far an Eastern Gray Whale travels each year on average. Without the aid of planes, trains, or cars – just whale tail power – these travelers make their annual round-trip trek from [...]

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 [...]

How Gray Whale Calves Learn to Feed

Gray whales are on the return leg of their annual migration, heading from Baja California’s breeding lagoons to the Bering and Chukchi seas in the Arctic. Map source: Wikipedia, Creative Commons

A whimsical welcome letter to gray whale calves from the imagined “Bering & Chukchi Seas Dining Services.”

May 2013

Dear Gray Whale Calf,

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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 [...]