Celebrate the leopard shark and other local marine life during SHARK SUMMER this July and August.


Meet the Locals: Shark Summer 2014

July 8 - August 21

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Activities, presentations, and exhibits help reveal that sharks are vulnerable and critical members of ocean habitats. Learn the latest in shark research, discover the fascinating lives of our local sharks, and get hands-on with shark teeth, skin, and other biofacts.

ESET is proud to sponsor Shark Summer 2014 and Dr. Andy Nosal’s research and expeditions, which use technology to safely tag and track leopard sharks. ESET is offering Birch Aquarium friends a free 30-day trial of its Internet security products. Learn more at www.eset.com/us/birch.


For a day-by-day list of shark activities, please see our calendar.

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Onsite Programs

Included with admission

Have you ever had a shark encounter? Here's your opportunity to meet and touch some of our local sharks. Shark-themed activities led by aquarium naturalists and high school summer interns will reveal that sharks are vulnerable and critical members of ocean habitats. See what it takes for a baby leopard shark to grow up, discover how sharks use their teeth the way we use utensils, and learn about the latest shark research from Scripps scientists.

Onsite Programs

Shark Activity Stations
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Shark Feeding Presentation at ElasmoBeach
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Shark Encounter Talk & Touch
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Shark Stories/Meet & Greet

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.

Snorkel with the Leopard Sharks

July 19*; August 3, 17 and 23*; September 7, 13* and 20: 8-10 a.m.
Members: $25, Public: $30

Join aquarium naturalists and visit leopard sharks in their underwater home off the La Jolla coast. Pick up snorkel tips as you discover the abundant variety of animals that live among the kelp, sandy bottom, and rocks. Intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Participants must supply their own gear. Ages 10 + (minors must also be accompanied by a paid adult). Pre-purchase required.

*These programs will be led by Andy Nosal, Birch Aquarium's DeLaCour Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecology & Conservation

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Shark and Wildlife Kayak Adventure

July 13, 20 and 26; August 2, 16 and 24: 8-10:30 a.m.
Members: $45, Public: $60

Learn the basics of ocean kayaking while exploring the coastline and calm waters of La Jolla. Birch Aquarium naturalists will team up with guides at Everyday California to highlight the variety of sharks, rays, and other wildlife present. Experience the unique features of La Jolla’s Matlahuayl Marine Reserve and discover why it’s a hot spot for our leopard sharks! Ages 10+ (minors must also be accompanied by a paid adult). Pre-purchase required. Buy tickets through EveryDay California at 858-454-6195.


Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture

Sharks Without Borders: A Binational Effort to Stude and Conserve Threatened Shark Species
Monday, July 14: 6:30-8 p.m.
Members: FREE, Public: $8

Sharks migrating between California and Baja California, Mexico, are threatened by commercial fishing activity in both countries. Join Scripps shark expert Dan Cartamil as he explores the ecology and behaviors of these fascinating animals, and discusses the issues relevant to the sustainability of our local shark populations.

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SEA Days

Meet the Locals
June 21: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Included with admission

Discover Science, Exploration, & Adventure. For more than six years, Scripps Oceanographer Andy Nosal has been studying the secret lives of local leopard sharks. Join us for a special meet and greet with this leopard shark expert, listen to his recent discoveries in the field, and learn about future research goals at La Jolla Shores and beyond.

SEA Days

Sharks Celebration
July 19: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Included with admission

Did you know that nearly 400 species of sharks swim the world's oceans? Enhance your knowledge of these spectacular fish and their adaptations through hands-on activities. Meet local sharks and the Scripps scientists studying them to learn what you can do to help protect these important predators.

SEA Days

Sharks on the Line
August 16: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Included with admission

As sharks are fished in record numbers and their populations continue to decline, protecting these key predators is more important than ever. Meet local researcher Dovi Kacev (former Scripps Oceanography field technician and current Ph.D. candidate at San Diego State University) to hear more about the value of shark research to informing and shaping fisheries policy.


Summer Camp: Shark Encounters

For grades 4-6
July 7-11, July 21-25,  Aug. 4-8 and Aug. 18-22
Members: $230 Public: $255 per week

Explore the ocean from top to bottom during our accredited Summer Learning Adventure Camps. Campers in grades 4–6 can become shark experts as they spend the week encountering and investigating a variety of sharks. They'll learn about shark biology, behavior, and conservation through observation and hands–on activities. Campers can snorkel with local sharks and meet Scripps Oceanography shark researchers.

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ABOUT DR. ANDY NOSAL

Andy Nosal, Ph.D., is Birch Aquarium's DeLaCour Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecology & Conservation. A marine biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Andy will spend the next three years working with Birch Aquarium and sharing his scientific discoveries with aquarium visitors. He specializes in shark ecology, with a particular focus on La Jolla's population of leopard sharks. Knowledge generated through Andy's research has important implications for local conservation efforts. His fellowship at Birch Aquarium is named in honor of the late David DeLaCour, a shark enthusiast who left a transformational gift to the aquarium upon his death in 2010.

Degrees:
Ph.D. in Marine Biology (2013)
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California - San Diego

B.S. in Biology with Specialization in Environmental and Biological Conservation (2007)
University of Virginia

Ongoing Studies:
Social and non-social forces governing aggregation behavior in the leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata).
Collaborators: P. Hastings (SIO, UCSD), I. Couzin (Princeton)

Mechanisms enabling navigation and homing in the leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata). Collaborators: P. Hastings (SIO, UCSD)

Circadian rhythms and biological clocks in the swell shark (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum) and horn shark (Heterodontus francisci). Collaborators: P. Hastings (SIO,UCSD)

Population structure of the leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata). Collaborators: R. Burton and A. Barker (SIO,UCSD), E. Lewallen (U. Toronto — Scarborough)

Psychology of fear and willingness to conserve sharks. Collaborators: E. Keenan and A. Gneezy (Rady School of Management, UCSD)

Recent Publications:
Nosal AP, Cartamil DC, Long JW, Luhrmann M, Wegner NC, Graham JB (in press). Demography and movement patterns of leopard sharks (Triakis semifasciata) aggregating near the head of a submarine canyon along the open coast of southern California, USA. Environmental Biology of Fishes. DOI: 10.1007/s10641-012-0083-5

Nosal AP, Lewallen EA, Burton RS (in review). Multiple paternity in leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) litters from a predominantly female aggregation in La Jolla, CA, USA. Revised manuscript resubmitted to the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.

Nosal AP, Royer MA, Caillat A, Kisfaludy E, Wegner NC, Hastings PA (in review). Long-term daily and seasonal variation in leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) abundance at two aggregation sites along the open coast of southern California, USA. Manuscript submitted to Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Recent Presentations:
Nosal AP, et al. (2012). Low incidence of multiple paternity in leopard sharks (Triakis semifasciata) sampled from a predominantly female aggregation. Oral paper presented at the 30th Annual Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society, World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Nosal AP (2012). Local legends: the leopard sharks of La Jolla Shores. Invited oral presentation at the Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Sciences Lecture Series, Birch Aquarium, La Jolla, CA, USA.

Nosal AP, et al. (2011). Aggregation behavior of the leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) at the head of La Jolla Submarine Canyon, La Jolla, California, USA. Oral paper presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society, Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Minneapolis, MN, USA. *Samuel H. Gruber Award for Best Student Oral Paper

Nosal AP, et al. (2011). Aggregation behavior of the leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) associated with the head of La Jolla Submarine Canyon, La Jolla, California, USA. Oral paper presented at the First International Conference on Fish Telemetry, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. *Award for Best Student Oral Paper

Nosal AP, et al. (2010). Movement patterns of the leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) along the open coast of San Diego County, California. Oral paper presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Elasmobranch Society, Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Providence, RI, USA.