"Live every week like it's Shark Week." - Tracy Jordan, 30 Rock
Soak up an entire week dedicated to sharks this summer at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. SHARK WEEK runs July 17-23 and features a week of hands-on exploration for all ages into the world of these mesmerizing and misunderstood ocean predators.
Meet local leopard sharks and their relatives. Discover why sharks are vulnerable and must be protected. Explore how sharks use their teeth the way humans use utensils. Learn from Scripps Oceanography scientists about research discoveries and conservation efforts that may help sustain declining shark populations.
SHARK WEEK activities run 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily and are included with Birch Aquarium at Scripps admission.
* Live shark encounters tied to hourly presentations about these amazing predators
* Dive shows in the two-story kelp forest tank with a special shark focus:
- Saturday, July 17, 2 p.m.
- Sunday, July 18, 10:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, July 20, 12:30 p.m.
- Thursday, July 22, 12:30 p.m.
* More than 10 species of sharks and their relatives on display
* Shark scavenger hunts with a toothy prize
* "Great White" Photo Booth
About Birch Aquarium at Scripps:
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, Earth and ocean science. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium welcomes an annual attendance of more than 410,000, including 54,000 school children.
Visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps:
Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Directions: From Interstate 5, exit at La Jolla Village Drive. West one mile. Left on Expedition Way.
Parking: Birch Aquarium offers three-hour courtesy parking.
$12 Adult, 18+
$9 Senior, 60+
$8.50 Youth, 3-17
Free Children, 2 and under
Free Scripps Oceanographic Society Members
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of more than 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $195 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates oceanographic research vessels recognized worldwide for their outstanding capabilities. Equipped with innovative instruments for ocean exploration, these ships constitute mobile laboratories and observatories that serve students and researchers from institutions throughout the world. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 430,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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