Check out the sneaky creatures of Art of Deception before they're gone for good. The popular camouflage exhibit at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, will close Sept. 20 to make room for the aquarium's newest attraction, There's Something about Seahorses, opening Nov. 14.
Art of Deception opened in May 2005 as an interactive exhibit highlighting the creative camouflage strategies that marine organisms use for survival. In the exhibit, visitors explored how animals such as the two-spotted octopus, round rays and frogfish conceal themselves to hide from predators or hunt for prey.
There's Something about Seahorses will open in its place on Nov. 14. This new exhibit celebrates one of the most captivating and charismatic species on the planet, and will feature several species of live seahorses and their relatives, including the enchanting leafy and weedy seadragon.
Although the actual exhibit is closing, Art of Deception's fun and educational message lives on in the aquarium's new children's book What Color Would You Be to Hide in the Sea? Sold exclusively at Birch Aquarium, this colorful new book explores fascinating marine camouflage tactics such as false eye spots, ink squirts and limbs that resemble seaweed.
This first-edition book is available for $18.95 at the aquarium bookshop, open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. It may also be ordered through the bookshop at 858-534-8753 or online at http://aquarium.ucsd.edu.
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 400,000, including 45,000 school children.