Monday, July 13, 2009
Exhibit Closing: Art of Deception Sneaks Off to Make Way for New Seahorse Exhibit at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoCheck out the sneaky creatures of Art of Deception before they're gone for good. The popular camouflage exhibit at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, will close Sept. 20 to make room for the aquarium's newest attraction, There's Something about Seahorses, opening Nov. 14.
Art of Deception opened in May 2005 as an interactive exhibit highlighting the creative camouflage strategies that marine organisms use for survival. In the exhibit, visitors explored how animals such as the two-spotted octopus, round rays and frogfish conceal themselves to hide from predators or hunt for prey.
There's Something about Seahorses will open in its place on Nov. 14. This new exhibit celebrates one of the most captivating and charismatic species on the planet, and will feature several species of live seahorses and their relatives, including the enchanting leafy and weedy seadragon.
Although the actual exhibit is closing, Art of Deception's fun and educational message lives on in the aquarium's new children's book What Color Would You Be to Hide in the Sea? Sold exclusively at Birch Aquarium, this colorful new book explores fascinating marine camouflage tactics such as false eye spots, ink squirts and limbs that resemble seaweed.
This first-edition book is available for $18.95 at the aquarium bookshop, open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. It may also be ordered through the bookshop at 858-534-8753 or online at http://aquarium.ucsd.edu.
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 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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