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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2008 - 2017.

The building and grounds of Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute contain numerous exhibits such as the 70,000 gallon kelp forest exhibit, tide pool touch tank, and relaxing tanks of jelly fish. Over 60 marine habitats in the Hall of Fishes display Pacific and Caribbean fish and invertebrates from the northwest to the tropics, such as sharks, seahorses, living coral reefs, and more.

The aquarium contains 64,157 square feet of display and 175,000 gallons of seawater designed around a central lobby with entrances to the exhibit areas. Shark Reef is a 13,000-gallon tank with shark species that inhabit tropical reef habitats. Tide Pool Plaza includes three living tide pools where visitors can touch tide-pool animals. Windows into the habitats provide up-close views of starfish, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, lobsters, and other animals found in San Diego's tide pools. More than a dozen seahorse related species live in the seahorse nursery. The Climate Challenge, a new exhibits, discuss global warming and the consequences of climate change.

9:00 - 5:00 daily except New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute is sometimes referred to as Scripps Aquarium or Birch Aquarium. Scripps Institution of Oceanography is at the University of California, San Diego.

2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA

Directions: Exit La Jolla Drive. Turn west and travel one mile to Expedition Way. Turn left.

This small exploration submarine marks the entrance to the parking lot.

Whale fountains welcome visitors.

Jellyfish are among the most relaxing animals to watch.

Sea Dragon.

Exhibit on global warming.

Scripps Institute.

Touch Tank.

The sea cliffs are a great place for playing.

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