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Taiwan’s ‘Coral Reef Ambassadors’ Visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps

EDITOR’S NOTE: Andrew Salvador is a High Tech High Media Arts student currently participating in a month-long internship at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.  In addition to assisting with education programs, Andrew is blogging about the many classes, exhibits, and other daily happenings around the aquarium.

By Andrew Salvador, High Tech High student intern

Junior high [...]

Juvenile Pot-Bellied Seahorses: Mysterious, Yet Beautiful

EDITOR’S NOTE: Andrew Salvador is a High Tech High Media Arts student currently participating in a month-long internship at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. The program is designed to foster personal growth and help students acquire workplace skills in a real-world environment. In addition to assisting with education programs, Andrew is blogging about the many classes, [...]

Seadragons, Part 8: Google+ Hangout

Last week we hosted our first Google+ Hangout – a live video chat on Google’s new social networking platform – featuring aquarium co-creator Leslee Matsushige. Leslee recently returned from a special research trip to Australia to study seadragons in the wild (read Parts 1-7 here).

Hear Leslee talk about that amazing trip and find out how [...]

Seadragons, Part 3: Sydney Aquarium & Diving in Melbourne

By Leslee Matsushige, aquarium co-curator

Our research in Australia continues.

On Friday, Scripps Institution of Oceanography professor Greg Rouse and I had the great opportunity to meet Sydney Aquarium head aquarist Amy Wilkes. She gave us a tour of their incredible aquarium (they have a very interesting platypus exhibit) and showed us the behind-the-scenes set-up [...]

Seadragons, Part 2: Diving in Sydney

By Leslee Matsushige, aquarium co-curator

Hello from Down Under!

Scripps Institution of Oceanography professor Greg Rouse and I arrived in Sydney on April 25 to a very windy day. We met up with  Nerida Wilson, a research scientist at the Australian Museum who’s also a Scripps research associate. Nerida has been studying seadragon biology with Greg [...]

Seadragons, Part 1: Traveling ‘Down Under’ to Study Seadragons

Leafy seadragon

By Leslee Matsushige, Birch Aquarium co-curator

“I never knew a fish like this existed!”

We often hear comments like this from visitors standing in front of our seadragon tanks. These remarkable fish – relatives of seahorses – are beautifully colored with leaf-shaped appendages that help them blend into their native Australian waters.

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The 12 Days of Fishmas: Eight Seahorses Clinging

Unique Gifts for Marine-Life Lovers

Tis’ the SEAson to shop for great ocean-themed gifts. Visit the Birch Aquarium Gift Shop (you don’t need an admission ticket to shop!) and browse our selection of unique items for the holidays, including books, glass paperweights, ornaments, toys, and clothing for adults and kids. We can also mail to anywhere!

Video: New Seahorse Exhibit

Steve Perez, a freelancer with Examiner.com, recently posted this glimpse into our new exhibit, There’s Something About Seahorses. In the video, executive director Nigella Hillgarth also talks about the reasons she loves this wonderful animals.

Let us know what you think!

There’s Something About Seahorses Commercial

This is the commercial that aired in November and December, promoting our new exhibit, There’s Something About Seahorses. A local video company, SP Media, filmed all of the footage inside the exhibit right before we opened. We think the seahorses look great!

Curious what it takes to keep our seahorses thriving? Check out our Q&A [...]