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Healthy Corals: Birch Aquarium contributes to recent Scripps discovery

Birch Aquarium’s coral habitats feature captive-raised coral to lessen our impact on the environment.

A study released this week by marine biologists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego provides the basis for a new, non-invasive way scientists can assess the health of corals in the wild, a discovery aided by Birch Aquarium’s [...]

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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 [...]

May SEA Days: Scientist Q &A

Matt Ruppel

On the third Saturday of each month, a scientist from Scripps Institution of Oceanography or elsewhere in the community joins our special SEA Days program to share their exciting research with aquarium visitors.

Matt Ruppel is a second-year graduate student at UC San Diego in atmospheric chemistry. He is one of [...]

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 [...]

Seadragons, Part 2: Diving in Sydney

By Leslee Matsushige, aquarium co-curator

Hello from Down Under!

Scripps Institution of Oceanography professor Greg Rouse and I arrived in Sydney on April 25 to a very windy day. We met up with  Nerida Wilson, a research scientist at the Australian Museum who’s also a Scripps research associate. Nerida has been studying seadragon biology with Greg [...]

Seadragons, Part 1: Traveling ‘Down Under’ to Study Seadragons

Leafy seadragon

By Leslee Matsushige, Birch Aquarium co-curator

“I never knew a fish like this existed!”

We often hear comments like this from visitors standing in front of our seadragon tanks. These remarkable fish – relatives of seahorses – are beautifully colored with leaf-shaped appendages that help them blend into their native Australian waters.

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Boundless Energy construction on schedule

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 [...]

Boundless Energy update

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 [...]