Also known as the Birch Aquarium, it was established as a center for public outreach of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It dedicated its facility to the welfare and conservation of marine wildlife and its ecosystem in the Pacific waters. Be sure to visit this exciting aquarium when you go to San Diego, CA.

History Of The Birch Aquarium

The Birch Aquarium was founded in 1903 following the establishment of the Marine Biological Association of San Diego in San Diego, California. The purpose of the Marine Biological Association was to study and research the underwater flora and fauna from the nearby coasts of the Pacific Ocean. The Birch Aquarium was then used to present the local marine biologists’ discoveries to the public. 

The Birch Aquarium at Scripps was a collaborative effort of generous and wealthy donors, academics that include marine biologists, and the California Government to preserve, maintain, rehabilitate, and improve the quality of life of the marine ecosystem of the coves of California.

Inside The Birch Aquarium

The Birch Aquarium is equipped with multiple indoor and outdoor facilities showcasing the conservation facility’s works. The collected aquariums inside the Birch Aquarium total a volume of almost 700,000L. 

The Hall of Fishes is one of the largest collections of more than 60 tanks of marine species found in the Pacific Ocean. Each tank contains specimens and layouts inspired by other regions of the Pacific, from the Pacific Northwest to tanks inspired by the fishes and waters of San Diego, California.

The Seadragons and Seahorses exhibit is a special exhibit that focuses on the Syngnathidae family that includes a wide selection of species of seahorses, seadragons, pipefishes, and many more. The Birch Aquarium has dedicated over two decades of efforts to conserve the seahorses and corals of the Pacific. It has become one of the world leaders in breeding seahorses so much that they greatly reduced the need for seahorses for other aquariums taking seahorses from the wild. 

Due to the harmful effects of climate change, seahorse populations in the wild dwindled, and the conservation and rehabilitation of seahorses was an essential endeavor for the marine conservationists at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps in San Diego, California to take part in. Seadragons and Seahorses is an exhibit featuring booming breeding grounds for 12 species of different seahorses.

Taking part in the exhibit is a guaranteed hands-on course about seahorse biology suitable for individuals of all ages.

Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins

The Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins is an exhibit with a 2,900-square-foot penguin habitat with a 68,000-liter lagoon featuring little blue penguins, the smallest of all penguins that are native to the beaches of New Zealand and Australia. 

The exhibit was named after the Beyster family, who generously donated support of one million dollars to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Birch Aquarium. Different sponsors of varying degrees and magnitudes were also honored in various locations inside the exhibit area, even extending the opportunity for donors to give the penguins a name.

Explore Birch Aquarium At Scripps

These are just a few of the many attractions and exhibits featuring different concepts and areas of marine biology that focus on showcasing the Pacific Northwest’s wildlife off the coast of La Jolla, San Diego, California.

The Birch Aquariums at Scripps provides a great opportunity for individuals of all ages to learn and appreciate the many aspects of the marine wildlife and ecosystem of the shores of San Diego, California shores. Book an advanced reservation now on their official site and other locations.

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