Birch Aquarium

Their World Awaits At The Birch Aquarium!

Explore where the wonders of the ocean come alive! The Birch Aquarium is located at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD. Birch has so many great exhibits you won’t know where to start! How about walking through the Hall of Fishes, where every kind of fish you’ve ever imagined swims before your eyes? Or checkout ElasmoBeach and meet La Jolla’s legendary leopard sharks and other species that make their home in local waters. Birch’s 13,000-gallon tank showcases sharks, rays, and other marine life that live close to shore. Explore Preuss Tide-Pool Plaza, featuring three, living tide-pool displays where visitors can touch and learn about tidepool animals with docents. If you want to “sea” life in a whole new way, visit the Birch Aquarium.

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Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Birch Aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An oceanographic museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps Oceanography scientists on climate, earth, and ocean science and includes interactive elements.

Whale Watching!

San Diego Whale Watching

Take a whale watching tour guided by whale experts from Birch Aquarium at Scripps to bring you an unforgettable journey. Witness the longest mammal migration in the world, when approximately 20,000 gray whales pass San Diego on their annual 10,000-mile round-trip journey from the Bering Sea to the lagoons of Baja California.

Ride aboard a comfortable Flagship ship with amenities and a 360-degree view. See diverse marine life with amazing photo opportunities. Set sail with the whales!

Trips leave from the Flagship Cruises and Events docks in downtown San Diego (about a 20-minute drive south of Birch Aquarium).

November 26 – Late April 2018: Every Day

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(858) 534-3474

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