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SEA Days: Whale Tales

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:04pm
Why is it important to learn about whale calls?

SEA Days: Polar Express

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 10:56am
At SEA Days: Polar Express, learn why it's important to understand ice and how it affects the planet's future.

Seas ‘n’ Greetings: Celebrate the holiday SEAson at Birch Aquarium

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 1:55pm
Get the latest on Seas 'n' Greetings, Birch Aquarium's celebration of the holiday SEAson.

SEA Days: Kelp Kornucopia

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 1:29pm
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, UC San Diego scientist or other local researcher and get hands-on with science, participate in activity stations, and get creative with a thematic craft. Name: Jonathan Lavan Hometown: Harpswell, Maine Schooling Background or field experience: Naturalist, Wildlife Expert, Citizen Scientist and Lecturer, Nature Photographer, Scuba Diver, Trip Leader One word to describe a characteristic a scientist must have: Passion What is your process in getting the perfect shot in a kelp forest? It’s really a question of patience and knowing as much about the world of the kelp forest as you can. The rest is luck and opportunity. What made you want to pursue photography and diving in this environment? It is one of the truly most unique environments on the planet and most people are barely aware of it. I wanted to share its drama and beauty. How do you predict kelp forests will change in the future? Kelp forests, like many ocean (and land) wilderness, is having a genuine struggle right now due to overpopulation […]

Haunted Aquarium returns with Spooky Science

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 4:10pm
Looking for family-friendly Halloween fun? Interested in oceanography? Join us for the 16th annual Haunted Aquarium: Spooky Science! on Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, from 6-9 p.m. This not-too-spooky opportunity is for the entire family to explore marine science and discover creatures not normally seen at Birch Aquarium. It is the perfect opportunity to explore the haunted galleries and interact with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists who study amazing, and sometimes spooky, oceans and beyond. Get inspired by their research and learn about exciting oceanographic careers while having Halloween themed fun throughout the aquarium. Through hands-on activities, guests will learn about slippery sea creatures, make their own slime, and explore a room of bioluminescence to discover why creatures glow in the deep. See spooky stars and mini monsters, dissect a Kraken (Humboldt squid), and boogey down to live music from Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters! Birch Aquarium at Scripps encourages guests to dress for the season. Those in a costume will receive a prize! Don’t miss out on this monstrously magnificent evening for the entire family! Purchase tickets: 858-534- 7336 or aquarium.ucsd.edu

SEA Days: Small Animal, Big Appetite

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 2:30pm

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, UC San Diego scientist or other local researcher and get hands-on with science, participate in activity stations, and get creative with a thematic craft. Name: Maya deVries Hometown: Berkeley, CA Schooling Background: B.S. UC Davis, Evolution and Ecology Major, English Minor. Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Integrative Biology 1 word to describe a characteristic a scientist must have: Excitement Why are mantis shrimp so important?  Mantis shrimp are important because they are “the best” at so many things. They strike with one of the fastest, most powerful movements ever reported in the animal kingdom. They also have the most complex visual system in the animal kingdom. By studying these impressive animals we can learn a lot about the biomechanics of movement, and we can also learn about the evolution of vision in animals. Not to mention, these animals are vicious predators, and learning about them can also reveal much about the food webs in which they live. How did you decide to work with this particular organism?  In college, I became fascinated by all of […]

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Scripps Research Cruise Wow’s Birch Aquarium Guests

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 4:05pm

A few weeks ago, a student-led research cruise onboard Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s R/V Robert Godon Sproul was visible from Birch Aquarium. Naturally, guests, staff, and volunteers were all curious about the big blue ship zig zagging off of La Jolla Shores. It turns out, these students were conducting exciting research in the waters over La Jolla Underwater Canyon. Check out the above photo gallery from the ship! Madeleine Harmann, a Scripps Oceanography student onboard, let us know what the science team onboard the Sproul was up to: Over the last week, our team has been studying mixing patterns and internal waves in the La Jolla Canyon. Internal waves are waves that occur in the interior of the ocean where there are layers of water with increasing density——on the surface there is warm, fresh water from the sun and the rain and beneath that there is cold, salty water that was formed at the poles. Just like surface waves, internal waves can be generated very far away and travel across entire ocean basins until they reach the coast. And, just like surface wave, they can roll up and break when they do! This breaking creates lots of turbulence and mixing, and […]

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