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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 [...]

‘Shark Summer’ with Dr. Andy Nosal

Dr. Andy Nosal poses with a local leopard shark.

Summer is just around the corner, and we have big plans for it! We’re thrilled to announce a new initiative at Birch Aquarium at Scripps and introduce a new member to our team: Dr. Andy Nosal.

As our DeLaCour Fellow for Ecology & Conservation, Andy, a [...]

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 [...]

The 12 Days of Fishmas: Five Blacktip Reef Sharks

A Swell Welcoming

Feeling shy: The newly hatched swell shark hangs out in the back corner of its nursery tank.

Say hello to a new member of our fish family. A swell shark has hatched in our aquarium nursery!

The baby shark, which measures about six inches long, spent 10 months growing inside a flat, leathery egg [...]

A Rare Trip To Palmyra Atoll

By Nigella Hillgarth, Executive Director, Birch Aquarium at Scripps

This blog first appeared in the Nov. 23, 2010 online version of The Guardian (UK).

The plane seemed to take forever to get off the runway in Hawaii and then we were finally on our way to Palmyra Atoll in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. [...]