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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 […]

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, […]

This Winter, Find Yourself in a Tide Pool with Birch Aquarium

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 […]

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 […]

New Nautilus Eggs

By Fernando Nosratpour, aquarium co-curator

Great news: Our nautilus has begun laying eggs!

This is second time in aquarium history that our nautilus (Nautilus pompilius) has laid eggs; it laid about two-dozen eggs in 2009, although none were viable (not uncommon for these animals in aquariums).

This time, we’ve found four egg cases and hope to […]

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 […]