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Whale Sighting!

Just off the coast of San Diego, a delighted group of passengers on one of our recent whale watching tours were lucky enough to spot this group of six gray whales. The passengers spent almost an hour coasting (at a safe distance) alongside these southbound whales aboard a Flagship Cruises & Events vessel.

Join us on [...]

Update: Seadragon Conservation Breeding Program

This fall, Birch Aquarium at Scripps has been busy preparing to launch our new seadragon conservation initiative.

Our exhibit designers are working closely with the Husbandry Department to design a state-of-the-art, onsite laboratory that will support efforts to breed this incredible species. They are using valuable information gained from aquarist Leslee Matsushige when she traveled to Australia last [...]

Birch Aquarium hosts Virtual ‘Hangout’ with Students Across the U.S.

The ocean affects everyone, no matter where they live. Now, thanks to technology such as Google+ Hangouts, we can spread awareness of the oceans to every corner of our country.

Earlier this month, Birch Aquarium at Scripps hosted the first of a pilot Google Hangout program associated with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The [...]

Volunteers Are Solid Gold

Volunteers are vital to Birch Aquarium’s mission. We could not open our doors each day without them.

In the past 12 months, our 400+ volunteers have given the aquarium more than 33,800 hours of their time, a figure valued at more than $383,700. Now, that’s dedication.

Each summer, we attempt to express our gratitude [...]

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 [...]

Seadragons, Part 5: Diving at Flinder’s and Visting Melbourne Aquarium

By Leslee Matsushige, aquarium co-curator

I’m happy to report that our second trip to Flinder’s Jetty was a success!

If you recall, we were greeted with murky water during our first attempt to dive at the Jetty, a well known site for weedy seadragons. Strong northernly winds didn’t make us feel optimistic about our second [...]

Why Scripps Matters

The ocean and humans are inextricably linked. We continually strive to illustrate this for our visitors, no matter where they live on the planet.

As the outreach center for world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, we have an even greater ability to draw those connections. Scripps scientists are at the forefront of [...]

What does an aquarium curator do?

Did you know that Birch Aquarium at Scripps is part of UC San Diego? Check out this video of our lead aquarist Fernando Nosratpour, who was featured in a segment called “People Who Work Here” on UCSD@50, a program on UCSD-TV.

Fast forward to 10:46 to see Fernando.

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Wolf-Eel Update: Now on Display

Wolf-eels on display

Wolf-eels on display

Our baby wolf-eels are now two months old and doing great!

Several are on display in Tank 9-D near the jellies. We’ve also begun sending some to other aquariums.

At this time, there are 24 on display.  That number will be reduced as they grow. We’re also [...]

Wolf-Eel Eggs Are Hatching

It’s been an exciting few days at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Our baby wolf-eels are hatching!

Our aquarists have so far collected about 250 wolf-eels from the mass of eggs, with another few hundred expected to hatch over the next two weeks. The tiny fish are born brownish-pink, about 1 1/2 inches in length. They [...]