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Team collects eggs from a female Sunflower Star at Birch Aquarium.

Successful Spawning and Cross-Fertilization Bring Hope for the Critically Endangered Sunflower Sea Star

Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Aquarium of the Pacific, California Academy of Sciences, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA), Sunflower Star Laboratory and partners continue work to save this species from extinction.

Guests Explore a labyrinth of cyanotype-printed giant kelp by photo-based artist and marine scientist Oriana Poindexter

Hold Fast Immersive Art Exhibition Now Open at Birch Aquarium

Hold Fast connects local kelp forests and climate change through the intersection of science and art.

Scripps Pier

Lecture Series Highlighting Climate Change Research Reopens to Public

Birch Aquarium is hosting a conversational series based on Scripps Oceanography science told through diverse perspectives.

Giant Clams

Caring for Confiscated Clams

Birch Aquarium is home to more than 45 confiscated Giant Clams thanks to a newly launched network that combats wildlife trafficking.

Melissa Torres from Birch Aquarium at Scripps and Margarita Upton from Steinhart Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences carefully administer a spawn-inducing hormone into a Sunflower Star at Birch Aquarium.

Star studded team successfully spawns three Sunflower Sea Stars at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Hope is on the horizon for the critically endangered Sunflower Sea Star thanks to a groundbreaking collaborative effort among accredited aquariums and zoos and research laboratories.

A leopard sharks swims in the Giant Kelp Forest at Birch Aquarium.

Zoos and Aquariums Join Forces to Advance Global Goals to Protect Wildlife and Wild Places Across the World

With the Power of Millions Behind Us: We Are Resolved to Halt and Reverse the World’s Catastrophic Decline in Biodiversity

 While skates closely resemble stingrays, they are different. Big Skates lack a stinging barb and do not give live birth.

Meet the new Big (little) Skates!

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is celebrating the arrival of some ravioli-sized newborn Big Skates.

Loggerhead sea turtle has its head measured with a yellow measuring tape.

Annual Loggerhead Sea Turtle Checkup

Let's get physical!

Collage of work on mangrove exhibit.

Mangrove Makeover

Staghorn coral against blue backdrop.

Grow Coral Grow!

Amber seadragon against dark background with tiny seadragons swimming around.

Birch Aquarium Welcomes Baby Weedy Seadragons

More than 70 seadragons are thriving behind the scenes

Yellow seadragon with purple accents floats in an aquarium.

Birch Aquarium Announces Pregnant Weedy Seadragon

A rare egg transfer was made last night, marking the first time eggs have been transferred in the Seadragons & Seahorses habitat.

Dignitaries cut a ribbon to mark the opening of Beyster Little Blue Penguins.

Little Blue Penguins Make San Diego Debut at Birch Aquarium

Made possible with philanthropic support from the Beyster Family, the new exhibit brings the world’s smallest penguins to the West Coast for the first time.

Birch Aquarium’s Loggerhead Sea Turtle swims in her exhibit with the new brace.

Brace Yourself

3-D Technology Helps Sea Turtle Thrive