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Juvenile Pot-Bellied Seahorses: Mysterious, Yet Beautiful

EDITOR’S NOTE: Andrew Salvador is a High Tech High Media Arts student currently participating in a month-long internship at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. The program is designed to foster personal growth and help students acquire workplace skills in a real-world environment. In addition to assisting with education programs, Andrew is blogging about the many classes, [...]

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 [...]

SEAsons Greetings: Hand-picked holiday gift ideas from Birch Aquarium

Dr. Seuss’ classic book makes a great gift for your little guppies.

By Leorah Gavidor, Gift Shop blogger

As the holiday season approaches, we hope you will consider shopping at Birch Aquarium’s Gift Shop, where a unique selection of ocean-themed gifts and books will spark your imagination and delight even the hard-to-shop-for on your [...]

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 [...]

Is ‘Nemo’ Endangered?

By Kate Jirik, naturalist & science educator

This September, Nemo, Dory, Marlin, and the rest of the animated cast of Finding Nemo are splashing back into theatres in 3-D. Finding Nemo has lost little of its original appeal since winning the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Film. Stunning visual effects, charm, and humor [...]

Seadragons, Part 7: The Great Barrier Reef

By Leslee Matsushige, aquarium co-curator

My research trip to Australia has concluded and I’m back home at Birch Aquarium at Scripps, but I wanted to share some incredible photos from the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the world’s largest coral reef system, featuring more than 2,900 individual reefs across 1,600 miles. It can even be seen from [...]

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 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 [...]

The 12 Days of Fishmas: Three Blue Tangs

Starting Dec. 12, we’ll be blogging the “12 Days of Fishmas.” Each day we’ll feature a different species that you can see during your visit to Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Love this species? Consider our Adopt-A-Fish program and help us keep these animals thriving!

You can find blue tangs, a gorgeous tropical fish, in our [...]

The 12 Days of Fishmas: Four Moray Eels Slithering

Starting Dec. 12, we’ll be blogging the “12 Days of Fishmas.” Each day we’ll feature a different species that you can see during your visit to Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Love this species? Consider our Adopt-A-Fish program and help us keep these animals thriving!

The moray eel is long and snake-like with brown, smooth skin, eyes [...]