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Octopus Research at Birch Aquarium

Kelley Voss, graduate student at the Behavior and Benthic Ecology Lab at Alaska Pacific University, spent last week at Birch Aquarium at Scripps studying our Giant Pacific Octopus. Aquarists, educators, and visitors were all excited to learn more about Kelley’s unusual and exciting research. Kelley graciously took some time out her busy schedule to answer some questions about […]

SEA Days: Turtle Detectives

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, UC San Diego or local researcher and get hands-on with science, participate in activity stations, and get […]

Whale Watching Season 14/15 – The Best Yet!

A humpback whale breaches in the late afternoon light.

By Audrey Evans, whale watching coordinator

The 2014-15 whale watching season provided thousands of guests with spectacular whale and dolphin sightings. Mostly calm seas and many clear days made for great whale watching conditions. Winters off the San Diego coast are a great time to search for migrating gray whales. This year’s gray whale count […]

Unusual Whales

False Killer Whales off of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Photo taken by  Michelle Robbins of NOAA

What is that? Is it a big dolphin? That dorsal fin is shaped kinda funny… Is it all black? Did it just jump out of the water?

These are just a few of the exciting questions that guests onboard Marietta as well as at Birch Aquarium were asking in the last few weeks. The warmer […]

Meet the Leader of the Pod

By Naturalist Alexx Robles

Alexx Robles attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and majored in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geology. When not whale watching or teaching classes at Birch Aquarium, she likes to spend her time surfing, practicing yoga, or hiking.

With a month left in whale watching season it is safe to […]

Baja California Whale Adventure: Discovering More Than Just Whales

By Lisa Gilfillan, Education Specialist

Our annual Baja California Whale Adventure, a collaboration between Birch Aquarium at Scripps and Andiamo Tours Mexico, is a naturalist-guided adventure to the lagoons of Baja California. Guests witness gray whales playing, resting, and investigating their curious visitors before heading north to their Arctic feeding grounds.

Guests get up close and […]

SEA Days: Ocean Love

by Lisa Gilfillan, education specialist

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 […]

Aquarium Internships Inspire Future Careers

This post was written by Natalia Romero, a student from High Tech High School, who interned with Birch Aquarium’s Education Department for three weeks.

High Tech High School Intern, Natalia Romero, had the opportunity to teach visitors about marine science at weekly Explore-It activities.

Being an intern at Birch Aquarium was an experience like no […]

Whale Watching: Always a Surprise

By Birch Aquarium Naturalist Kate Jirik

Birch Aquarium at Scripps and Flagship Cruises & Events are celebrating 15 years as whale watching tour partners. You would think we’d seen it all, but gray whales continue to surprise us.

We are just a month into the gray whale watching season, and we already have some exciting notes […]

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 […]