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Whale Watching: Always a Surprise

By Birch Aquarium Naturalist Kate Jirik

Birch Aquarium at Scripps and Flagship Cruises & Events are celebrating 15 years as whale watching tour partners. You would think we’d seen it all, but gray whales continue to surprise us.

We are just a month into the gray whale watching season, and we already have some exciting notes [...]

Birch Aquarium Greets the World for Whale Watching

Study abroad student Phil Shu (right) and two other eager learners investigate gray whale specimens with volunteer naturalist Courtney Ocheltree (left).

By Kate Jirik, Birch Aquarium naturalist

A blanket of coastal fog is clearing as whale watching boat Marietta edges out of San Diego Bay. Higher-than-expected waves catch many passengers off guard, but the [...]

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 [...]

‘Shark Summer’ with Dr. Andy Nosal

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 [...]

Whale Watching: The Home Stretch

By Bekah Logan, Birch Aquarium naturalist

Is it mid-March already? That means we have just about a month left to cruise the Pacific in search of gray whales with Birch Aquarium naturalists.

We’ve seen some amazing sights lately aboard Flagship Cruises & Events’ Marietta. Among sightings of dolphins, sea lions, and coastal birds, eager whale watchers [...]

Whale Watching: An Unusual Season

Whale watcher Meredith Maddox caught this photo of a gray whale breaching on a recent cruise with Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Courtesy photo.

By Elizabeth Argyle, Birch Aquarium naturalist

Whale watching is a very tricky business because we’re at the mercy of what nature has to offer us. However, occasional high winds, rolling seas, [...]

Whale Watching: The Grays Turn Northward

Migrating gray whales pass San Diego’s coastline. Photo by Elizabeth Argyle.

By Bekah Logan, Birch Aquarium naturalist

It’s February and whale watching in San Diego is still in full swing. We’re nearly halfway through the season, and so far, passengers aboard the Flagship Cruises and Events’ vessel Marietta have seen more than 300 gray whales!

In late [...]

Whale Watching: The Tale of a Whale’s Trail

By Elizabeth Argyle, Birch Aquarium naturalist

It’s nearing the end of January and San Diego is back in its rhythm after a long holiday break. While locals may have returned to their respective jobs and schools, something exciting is happening in the waters not too far from the city center. Gray whales are making their [...]

Sandy Shores: A window into Birch Aquarium’s school programs

Local elementary school students learn about the ocean and its habitats during a Birch Aquarium School Program.

By Bekah Logan, Birch Aquarium naturalist

“And then, over thousands of years, Rocky makes his way down the mountain, tumbling and tossing about, getting pushed around by wind and rushing water until—finally—he ends up on the beach [...]

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” [...]