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 [...]

What does an aquarium curator do?

Did you know that Birch Aquarium at Scripps is part of UC San Diego? Check out this video of our lead aquarist Fernando Nosratpour, who was featured in a segment called “People Who Work Here” on UCSD@50, a program on UCSD-TV.

Fast forward to 10:46 to see Fernando.


Wolf-Eel Eggs Are Hatching

It’s been an exciting few days at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Our baby wolf-eels are hatching!

Our aquarists have so far collected about 250 wolf-eels from the mass of eggs, with another few hundred expected to hatch over the next two weeks. The tiny fish are born brownish-pink, about 1 1/2 inches in length. They [...]

Whale Watching Report #1

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. [...]

Birch Aquarium on “Jeopardy!”

During round 2 of “Jeopardy!” last night, Birch Aquarium was featured in the following $600 video clue under the category, “Have Pun, Will Travel”:

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s this creature, found here at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

The question was filmed during a visit from the “Jeopardy!” [...]