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Healthy Corals: Birch Aquarium contributes to recent Scripps discovery

Birch Aquarium’s coral habitats feature captive-raised coral to lessen our impact on the environment.

A study released this week by marine biologists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego provides the basis for a new, non-invasive way scientists can assess the health of corals in the wild, a discovery aided by Birch Aquarium’s [...]

Head Aquarists Recognized by UC San Diego for Diversity Efforts

At Birch Aquarium at Scripps, we are constantly working to broaden our reach, to share the wonders of the ocean with as many visitors as possible. Our staff strives to connect the public—especially underserved and diverse audiences—with cutting-edge ocean and earth science.

This week, our head aquarists Fernando Nosratpour and Leslee Matsushige were [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Seadragons, Part 4: The Importance of this Trip

By Leslee Matsushige, aquarium co-curator

Each day I’m in Australia, I realize just how important this trip is for Birch Aquarium at Scripps and for me, personally.

Our aquarists have learned a great deal about caring for seadragons over the past several years, but nothing can compare to the experience of seeing the animals in their [...]

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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Behind the Scenes at Birch Aquarium

Union-Tribune videographer Andrew Huse stopped by this week to follow our aquarists as they prepared for another busy day of visitors. Check out the video below!

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 [...]

Update: Wolf-eel Eggs

Our wolf-eel eggs continue to thrive. Each week, our aquarists take photos of the developing eggs to track their development.

Week 5: Note the long tail running just below and to the left of the yolk. You can also see a pair of blood vessels that fork out from below the head toward the perimeter [...]