All Ages

Shark Summer

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When July 2024
It’s Shark Summer at Birch Aquarium!

Have you ever wondered what species swim in our local waters? Or wanted to know what makes sharks such unique animals? This July, join us as we dive deep into the world of these amazing animals, with fin-tastic fun for shark fans of all ages! Shark Summer celebrates the vital role sharks play in the ecosystem, while shining a light on the important conservation work and research being done to protect them.

Shark Summer Schedule of Events/Activities

Catch Shark Feedings and Kelp Forest Dives, trivia nights, weekend activations and more throughout the month. Weekend activities will take place July 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 with additional activities during the week. Activities offered during normal business hours are included with the cost of General Admission while others (such as Oceans at Night) require separate admission.

Shark Feedings

Come join us for a feeding with our sharks and rays! Learn all about our local sharks and rays and discover how our husbandry team cares for them during this feeding.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m.
  • Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.

Shark Feedings

Kelp Forest Dive

Discover how we care for a variety of animals in our Giant Kelp Forest like Leopard Sharks, Moray Eels, a Giant Sea Bass and more!

  • Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. 

Kelp Forest Dive

Shark Exploration Stations 

Join us on Saturdays and Sundays for some Shark Exploration Stations:

  • Shark Physicals — Want to learn how a shark gets a check-up? Explore how our staff at the Birch Aquarium cares for our multiple shark and ray species by practicing how to give a shark a physical examination.
  • Learn About The Locals — Explore the diversity of the local shark and ray species right off our La Jolla coast!
Meet The Shark Specialists

Learn from and ask questions to our team of shark specialists about the day-to-day care of the amazing shark species at Birch Aquarium! This station takes place on July 13 and 14.

Meet The Shark Specialists

Trivia Nights

Trivia Nights featuring Scripps researcher interactions take place Wednesday, July 17 and 31 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Drinks and food are available for purchase on Blue Beach.

Shark-Themed Oceans at Night

Celebrate the wonders and mysteries of the ocean after dark — don’t miss out on this nighttime 21+ event featuring live music, craft cocktails, glowing games and more! July's Oceans at Night event will be all about sharks!

Oceans at Night

SAFE Sharks and Rays

During Shark Summer, proceeds collected in the donation box in the aquarium’s Galleria benefit the Association of Zoos and Aquariums SAFE Sharks and Rays program, a collaborative effort by more than 60 organizations nationwide to work together to save the more than 1200 species of sharks and rays worldwide from extinction through evidence-based education and communication. 

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