Enlightenment and entertainment at Birch Aquarium
Last updated 1/4/2007 at Noon
As visitors approach the entry plaza at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, they will see a pair of gray whales forever breaching in bronze. Even though the largest animals in the aquarium are sharks, gray whales can sometimes been seen from the Tidepool Plaza as they migrate between Alaska and Baja California.
Since 1903, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) has offered an aquarium for the purpose of entertainment as well as for education. In 1992 a new facility was built on a hillside overlooking the SIO campus, and to the west, as far as the eye can see, the...