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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 Kelly’s unusual and exciting research. Kelly graciously took some time out her busy schedule to answer some questions about […]

Your Sea Turtle Questions Answered!

To celebrate World Turtle Day on May 23, 2015, Aquarist Ryan Schaeffer took some time out of his busy schedule to answer questions from followers of @birch_aquarium on Instagram. Thank you everyone who submitted questions!

Aquarist Ryan gives Birch Aquarium’s Loggerhead Sea Turtle a scrub to remove algae on its shell.

What are captive […]

Volunteers Lend a Helping Hand During Whale Watching Season

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.

This post celebrates our Birch Aquarium Volunteers for National Volunteer Week!

This […]

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 […]

Coral Reef Ambassadors Travel to Taiwan

High Tech Middle Media Arts teacher Erika Reed (center) and her students get ready to snorkel over Hobihu Reef in Taiwan.

By Fernando Nosratpour, interim co-curator

In 2012, Birch Aquarium at Scripps and our sister aquarium, the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA) in Taiwan, were awarded a highly competitive Museums Connect […]

My International Internship at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Milou van der Lans, a Dutch high school student, recently completed an international internship at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

By Milou van der Lans, high school intern

Sea stars take their stomachs out and make sea star milkshakes of their food.

Sea urchins can give hugs.

Jellyfish are not fish; seahorses are. Male seahorses get […]

High School Interns Make an Impact at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

by Charina Layman, Birch Aquarium public programs coordinator

During the last four weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of working with two extraordinary individuals: Claire Northrop and Andrew Salvador. On a path to fulfill their high school internship requirement, these High Tech High students joined the Education Department at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

As […]

Whale Watching: The Tale of a Whale’s Trail

By Elizabeth Argyle, Birch Aquarium naturalist

It’s nearing the end of January and San Diego is back in its rhythm after a long holiday break. While locals may have returned to their respective jobs and schools, something exciting is happening in the waters not too far from the city center. Gray whales are making their […]

Thar She Blows: Birch Aquarium launches 13th season of whale watching

Gray Whale Migration Map

by Audrey Evans, Birch Aquarium whale watching coordinator

December 26 marked the start of Birch Aquarium’s 13th season of whale watching with Flagship–San Diego Harbor Excursion. Aquarium naturalists and volunteers will be out on the open ocean twice per day through April 14, searching for whales, dolphins, sea lions, birds and […]

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 […]