Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Birch Aquarium at Scripps to Host Public Screening of Shark Documentary, 'Requiem'
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
Film screening and Q&A with Scripps shark experts
Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.
As part of Shark Week 2009, Birch Aquarium at Scripps will host a public screening of the shark documentary, "Requiem," at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. Following the screening will be a question-and-answer session with shark experts at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Tickets are $5 per person.
The film "Requiem" documents the true nature of sharks. Courtesy of Living Oceans Productions.
The award-winning documentary, produced by Living Ocean Productions and directed by Bryce Groark, illustrates the importance of sharks in the marine ecosystem and how conservation is imperative for their survival. In the film, viewers journey with an underwater photographer as she travels the oceans from Hawaii to the Bahamas to discover the extraordinary splendor, ability and proficiency of these majestic creatures.
The film will be shown at Birch Aquarium at Scripps during Shark Week, July 18-24.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps will also offer these daily activities during Shark Week, which are included with admission:
•Live shark encounters tied to hourly presentations about these amazing predators
•More than 10 species of sharks and their relatives on display
•Shark scavenger hunts with a toothy prize
•Videos of sharks in the wild
•"Great White" photo booth
•Dive shows in the two-story kelp forest tank with a special shark focus:
- Saturday, July 18, 2 p.m.
- Sunday, July 19, 10:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, July 21, 12:30 p.m.
- Thursday, July 23, 12:30 p.m.
About Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium at Scripps welcomes an annual attendance of more than 400,000, including 45,000 school children.
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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