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This Winter, Find Yourself in a Tide Pool with Birch Aquarium

Rock ridge at Dike Rock, one of the spots Birch Aquarium will take you on a tidepooling adventure. Photo: Kate Jirik

 By Kate Jirik, Birch Aquarium naturalist

Dec. 12, 2012—Steel-colored clouds blowing toward the coast bring home the invigorating feeling that winter has arrived in San Diego. Fortunately, the impending rainstorm seems to be [...]

What It’s Like to be an Intern at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Intern Catherine Harmeier teaches visitors about the watershed and San Diego Bay.

By Catherine Harmeier, Thomas Nieman, Briana Scott, and Dania Grant Birch Aquarium Youth Summer Interns, 2012

Summer is a wonderful time of year to relax and catch up with old friends. It’s also a time to learn new things [...]

New Nautilus Eggs

By Fernando Nosratpour, aquarium co-curator

Great news: Our nautilus has begun laying eggs!

This is second time in aquarium history that our nautilus (Nautilus pompilius) has laid eggs; it laid about two-dozen eggs in 2009, although none were viable (not uncommon for these animals in aquariums).

This time, we’ve found four egg cases and hope to [...]

The 12 Days of Fishmas: And a Giant Pacific Octopus…

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 reddish-brown body of the Giant Pacific Octopus consists of eight arms [...]

12 Days of Fishmas: Nine Sea Stars Sticking

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!

Sea stars are some of the most unusual creatures you’ll see in [...]

The 12 Days of Fishmas: Ten Lobsters Molting

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!

Like all arthropods, the California spiny lobster has a segmented body and [...]

The 12 Days of Fishmas: Eleven Moon Jellies Drifting

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!

Did you know that moon jellies, commonly called moon jellyfish, [...]

Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series

For more than a decade, Scripps Oceanography scientists have shared their amazing research with the public through Birch Aquarium at Scripps’ Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series.

Each month, a Scripps scientists discusses his or her work at the aquarium during a special evening lecture for the public. These lectures are also broadcast by UCSD-TV [...]