Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Shark Week Surfaces at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Saturday, July 18 - Friday, July 24
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
"Live every week like it's Shark Week."
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.
SHARK WEEK activities are included with Birch Aquarium at Scripps admission:
Meet live shark pups during Shark Week, July 18-24.
• 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.
Special SHARK WEEK Film Screening and Q&A
The film "Requiem" documents the true nature of sharks. Courtesy of Living Oceans Productions.
Film screening and Q&A with Scripps shark experts
Wednesday, July 22
Public: $5 per ticket
The award-winning documentary film "Requiem" uncovers the true nature of one of the most misunderstood predators on our planet - the shark. Follow an underwater photographer as she journeys beneath the ocean to discover the extraordinary beauty, power and skill of the most infamous of sharks. Stunning, up-close cinematography brings you to the underwater world of the Bahamas, Hawaii, Tahiti and Mexico. Following the film screening will be a Q&A with Scripps scientists who study sharks.
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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