Film screening and Q&A with Scripps shark experts
Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.
The film "Requiem" documents the true nature of sharks. Courtesy of Living Oceans Productions.
As part of Shark Week 2009, Birch Aquarium at Scripps will host a public screening of the shark documentary, "Requiem," at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. Following the screening will be a question-and-answer session with shark experts at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Tickets are $5 per person.
The award-winning documentary, produced by Living Ocean Productions and directed by Bryce Groark, illustrates the importance of sharks in the marine ecosystem and how conservation is imperative for their survival. In the film, viewers journey with an underwater photographer as she travels the oceans from Hawaii to the Bahamas to discover the extraordinary splendor, ability and proficiency of these majestic creatures.
The film will be shown at Birch Aquarium at Scripps during Shark Week, July 18-24.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps will also offer these daily activities during Shark Week, which are included with admission:
•Live shark encounters tied to hourly presentations about these amazing predators
•More than 10 species of sharks and their relatives on display
•Shark scavenger hunts with a toothy prize
•Videos of sharks in the wild
•"Great White" photo booth
•Dive shows in the two-story kelp forest tank with a special shark focus:
- Saturday, July 18, 2 p.m.
- Sunday, July 19, 10:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, July 21, 12:30 p.m.
- Thursday, July 23, 12:30 p.m.
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 at Scripps welcomes an annual attendance of more than 400,000, including 45,000 school children.
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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