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
Activities, presentations, and exhibits
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.
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.
Shark Activity Stations
Shark Encounter Talk & Touch
Snorkel with the Leopard Sharks
July 19*; August 3, 17 and 23*; September 7, 13* and 20: 8-10 a.m.
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
Shark and Wildlife Kayak Adventure
July 13, 20 and 26; August 2, 16 and 24: 8-10:30 a.m.
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
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.
Meet the Locals
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.
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.
Sharks on the Line
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
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.
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.