Thursday, May 29, 2008
Shark Week Surfaces at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Daily activities include live shark encounters and special giveaways
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
SATURDAY, JULY 19 - SATURDAY, JULY 26
Soak up an entire week dedicated to sharks this summer at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. SHARK WEEK runs from July 19-26 and features a week of hands-on explorations for all ages into the world of these mesmerizing and misunderstood ocean predators.
Meet local sharks and their relatives. Discover why sharks are vulnerable and must be protected. Learn from Scripps Oceanography scientists about research discoveries and conservation efforts that may help sustain declining shark populations.
Activities for SHARK WEEK at Birch Aquarium at Scripps are included with admission. The annual celebration of sharks is produced in partnership with Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Discovery Channel's Shark Week series, airing nationally on cable television nightly at 9 p.m. PST from July 27-31.
SHARK WEEK activities at Birch Aquarium at Scripps include:
· Daily live shark encounters
· Special giveaways by the Discovery Channel and Association of Zoos and Aquariums
· More than 10 species of sharks and their relatives on display
· Show and tell with Scripps Oceanography scientists who study sharks
· Feeding shows in the two-story kelp forest tank with a special shark focus:
Saturday, July 19, 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 22, 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 24, 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 2 p.m.
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Visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
$11 Adult, 18+
$9 Senior, 60+
$7.50 Youth, 3-17
Free Children, 2 and under
Free Scripps Oceanographic Society Members
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.
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Note to broadcast and cable producers: University of California, San Diego provides an on-campus satellite uplink facility for live or pre-recorded television interviews. Please phone or e-mail the media contact listed above to arrange an interview.
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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