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Schooling 101

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 [...]

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 [...]

Is ‘Nemo’ Endangered?

By Kate Jirik, naturalist & science educator

This September, Nemo, Dory, Marlin, and the rest of the animated cast of Finding Nemo are splashing back into theatres in 3-D. Finding Nemo has lost little of its original appeal since winning the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Film. Stunning visual effects, charm, and humor [...]

Seadragons, Part 7: The Great Barrier Reef

By Leslee Matsushige, aquarium co-curator

My research trip to Australia has concluded and I’m back home at Birch Aquarium at Scripps, but I wanted to share some incredible photos from the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the world’s largest coral reef system, featuring more than 2,900 individual reefs across 1,600 miles. It can even be seen from [...]

Seadragons, Part 6: Leafy Seadragons

By Leslee Matsushige, aquarium co-creator

Our first excursion after arriving in Adelaide was to Victor Harbor – about 80 km (~50 miles) south on the coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula – to dive at Rapid Bay Jetty. This site comprises an older, longer wooden jetty (now closed to the public) and a shorter jetty that was recently built following campaigning by [...]

Inspired by Nature: BE WiSE at the Aquarium

Scripps Ph.D. candidate Noelle Bowlin teaches students about the diversity of fishes. Photo Credit Lara Dickens

By Catie Fyfe, community connections coordinator

When the lights go out and the public leaves, the fish usually have Birch Aquarium at Scripps to themselves. That wasn’t the case earlier this month when 40 middle school girls had [...]

Trash: Art + Science Intersect

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 3, 2012; 9:45 a.m.

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Some of the public programs we look forward to most are the ones where we join forces with other amazing organizations. On February 6, we [...]

The 12 Days of Fishmas: Two Wolf-eels

The 12 Days of Fishmas: Three Blue Tangs

Starting Dec. 12, we’ll be blogging the “12 Days of Fishmas.” Each day we’ll feature a different species that you can see during your visit to Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Love this species? Consider our Adopt-A-Fish program and help us keep these animals thriving!

You can find blue tangs, a gorgeous tropical fish, in our [...]

The 12 Days of Fishmas: Four Moray Eels Slithering

Starting Dec. 12, we’ll be blogging the “12 Days of Fishmas.” Each day we’ll feature a different species that you can see during your visit to Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Love this species? Consider our Adopt-A-Fish program and help us keep these animals thriving!

The moray eel is long and snake-like with brown, smooth skin, eyes [...]