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 [...]
By Danny Beckwith
International Octopus Day is part of a week-long celebration about cephalopods, the “head-footed” animals such as octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and nautilus, called Cephalopod Awareness Days. This celebration of creatures with arms and tentacles started in 2007 by members of TONMO, The Octopus News Magazine Online forum. Though it is not yet proclaimed by [...]
by Rasheed I. Al Kotob, 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, & Adventure.” Visitors and members can meet a Scripps Institution of Oceanography or UC San Diego researcher, get hands-on with science, participate [...]
As kids of all ages head back to classrooms across San Diego, and shorter days remind us that fall is around the corner, Birch Aquarium looks closer at schooling fish in honor of one of the most exciting natural events of the summer.
On July 8, 2014, a massive school of northern anchovies swam along the [...]
“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” 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]