Friday, May 7, 2010
Shark Week Surfaces at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
SATURDAY, JULY 17 - FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
"Live every week like it's Shark Week." - Tracy Jordan, 30 Rock
Soak up an entire week dedicated to sharks this summer at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. SHARK WEEK runs July 17-23 and features a week of hands-on exploration for all ages into the world of these mesmerizing and misunderstood ocean predators.
Meet local leopard sharks during Shark Week at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
Meet local leopard sharks and their relatives. Discover why sharks are vulnerable and must be protected. Explore how sharks use their teeth the way humans use utensils. Learn from Scripps Oceanography scientists about research discoveries and conservation efforts that may help sustain declining shark populations.
SHARK WEEK activities run 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily and are included with Birch Aquarium at Scripps admission.
* Live shark encounters tied to hourly presentations about these amazing predators
* Dive shows in the two-story kelp forest tank with a special shark focus:
- Saturday, July 17, 2 p.m.
- Sunday, July 18, 10:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, July 20, 12:30 p.m.
- Thursday, July 22, 12:30 p.m.
* More than 10 species of sharks and their relatives on display
* Shark scavenger hunts with a toothy prize
* "Great White" Photo Booth
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 410,000, including 54,000 school children.
Visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps:
Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Directions: From Interstate 5, exit at La Jolla Village Drive. West one mile. Left on Expedition Way.
Parking: Birch Aquarium offers three-hour courtesy parking.
$12 Adult, 18+
$9 Senior, 60+
$8.50 Youth, 3-17
Free Children, 2 and under
Free Scripps Oceanographic Society Members
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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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