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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 [...]

Birch Aquarium Shines a Light on Sustainability

By Kate Jirik, Birch Aquarium science educator and naturalist

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is taking gradual steps toward sustainable business practices. Our most recent success involved upgrading 150 exhibit lights to energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. Find out why this facility improvement means so much to us.

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Exhibit carpenter Kevin Stephens has been [...]

Birch Aquarium’s Perspectives lectures reach milestone 10 million online views

Renowned Scripps Oceanography climate expert Richard Somerville presents “Global Warming: The Latest Word on the Best Science” during a Perspectives on Ocean Science lecture at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

One of the best things about Birch Aquarium at Scripps is its connection to the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Scripps researchers explore the entire planet [...]

How Gray Whale Calves Learn to Feed

Gray whales are on the return leg of their annual migration, heading from Baja California’s breeding lagoons to the Bering and Chukchi seas in the Arctic. Map source: Wikipedia, Creative Commons

A whimsical welcome letter to gray whale calves from the imagined “Bering & Chukchi Seas Dining Services.”

May 2013

Dear Gray Whale Calf,

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Journey to Baja California: Gaining a New Perspective on Gray Whales

A female gray whale greets visitors to its Baja California breeding lagoon during a special whale-watching excursion with Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

By Audrey Evans, whale watching coordinator

Earlier this season, Birch Aquarium at Scripps teamed up with Andiamo Tour Mexico to embark on a remarkable expedition to two gray whale breeding lagoons in [...]

Birch Aquarium’s Volunteer of the Month: April 2013

Volunteer Don Ward

Join us in celebrating our April Volunteer of the Month: Don Ward!

Many visitors and staff know Don as a somewhat permanent fixture at the aquarium. That’s no surprise considering he’s been a volunteer at Birch Aquarium at Scripps for the past 12 years, often spending two afternoons per week and even [...]

Birch Aquarium Greets the World for Whale Watching

Study abroad student Phil Shu (right) and two other eager learners investigate gray whale specimens with volunteer naturalist Courtney Ocheltree (left).

By Kate Jirik, Birch Aquarium naturalist

A blanket of coastal fog is clearing as whale watching boat Marietta edges out of San Diego Bay. Higher-than-expected waves catch many passengers off guard, but the [...]

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 [...]

Whale Watching: The Home Stretch

By Bekah Logan, Birch Aquarium naturalist

Is it mid-March already? That means we have just about a month left to cruise the Pacific in search of gray whales with Birch Aquarium naturalists.

We’ve seen some amazing sights lately aboard Flagship Cruises & Events’ Marietta. Among sightings of dolphins, sea lions, and coastal birds, eager whale watchers [...]

Whale Watching: An Unusual Season

Whale watcher Meredith Maddox caught this photo of a gray whale breaching on a recent cruise with Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Courtesy photo.

By Elizabeth Argyle, Birch Aquarium naturalist

Whale watching is a very tricky business because we’re at the mercy of what nature has to offer us. However, occasional high winds, rolling seas, [...]