“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 first post.
How many gill slits do sharks have? If you answered “five,” you’d be about 99% correct. Almost all sharks have five gill slits, with the exception of the sharks in the [...]
Dr. Andy Nosal poses with a local leopard shark.
Summer is just around the corner, and we have big plans for it! We’re thrilled to announce a new initiative at Birch Aquarium at Scripps and introduce a new member to our team: Dr. Andy Nosal.
As our DeLaCour Fellow for Ecology & Conservation, Andy, a [...]
Rock ridge at Dike Rock, one of the spots Birch Aquarium will take you on a tidepooling adventure. Photo: Kate Jirik
By Kate Jirik, Birch Aquarium naturalist
Dec. 12, 2012—Steel-colored clouds blowing toward the coast bring home the invigorating feeling that winter has arrived in San Diego. Fortunately, the impending rainstorm seems to be [...]
By Catie Fyfe, community connections coordinator
Despite temperatures nearing triple-digits, more than 100 enthusiastic volunteers joined Birch Aquarium at Scripps and The New Children’s Museum at La Jolla Shores for the California Coastal Cleanup earlier this month.
Armed with bags and buckets, volunteers combed the beach and surrounding park to ensure the area remains pristine for ocean animals and [...]
Construction is progressing well for our Boundless Energy exhibit, opening this summer. Crews have outlined all of the major exhibit sections and have begun to install the physical components.
Check out the exciting progression below, from the installation of wind turbines, to the raising of canopies for the Ocean Power section, to the appearance of [...]
Construction continues on our new Boundless Energy exhibit, opening July 9.
Check out these photos from the last two weeks. Underground construction is now finished and the wind turbines are being installed. Boundless Energy will feature fascinating technology used to harness energy sources such as wind, water, and the sun.
Thanks to all of our [...]
Photo by Caitlin Scully
By Caitlin Scully, naturalist
This year’s whale season has begun exceptionally well. Each day we have seen a consistent flow of southbound gray whales. They are not just migrating; we’ve seen them mating, interacting with dolphins, spy hopping, and even breaching!
Our coastal waters have been teeming with marine mammals. [...]