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Whale Watching Season 14/15 – The Best Yet!

A humpback whale breaches in the late afternoon light.

By Audrey Evans, whale watching coordinator

The 2014-15 whale watching season provided thousands of guests with spectacular whale and dolphin sightings. Mostly calm seas and many clear days made for great whale watching conditions. Winters off the San Diego coast are a great time to search for migrating gray whales. This year’s gray whale count […]

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 […]

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 […]

Week Two: San Diego Whale Watching 2013

Birch Aquarium naturalists head out on Flagship Cruises & Events’ vessel, the Marietta.

By Bekah Logan, Birch Aquarium naturalist

It’s only Week Two of the whale-watching season with Birch Aquarium at Scripps and Flagship Cruises & Events, but my, what a week it has been!

While hopeful beach-goers worried about a “high surf advisory” […]

Books for Kids: Marine Biographies

Manfish, By Jennifer Berne. Illustrated by Éric Puybaret

By Leorah Gavidor, Gift Shop blogger

Manfish By Jennifer Berne • Illustrated by Éric Puybaret $16.99 (hardcover only) 

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau By Dan Yaccarino $7.99 (paperback) 

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle […]

How My Birch Aquarium Internship Will Advance My Career

Intern Jessica Chen at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

By Jessica Chen, Danielle Hammond, Kathrin Artamonov, and Ciera Villegas  Birch Aquarium Youth Summer Interns, 2012 

“Do you want to major in marine biology?”

As high school students, we hear this question a lot from people who find out we’re spending our summer interning at Birch Aquarium […]

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 […]

More Photos: Underwater Parks Day Photo Contest

With all the amazing submissions to this year’s Underwater Parks Day Photo Contest, we couldn’t help but post a few more of our favorites to share. Thanks again to all the wonderful photographers who submitted these images.

Juvenile Rockfish in Washington Clam by Herb Gruenhagen (La Jolla Canyon)

 

Calamari for Two by Linda […]

Winners: 3rd Annual Underwater Parks Day Photo Contest

Birch Aquarium was one of five Southern California science centers to host Underwater Park Day on Saturday, celebrating California’s marine protected areas. Underwater parks, or marine protected areas, help to preserve important underwater habitats like our vibrant kelp forests, sea grass beds and deep-sea canyons in La Jolla.

The day was a huge success with […]