March 18, 2015

OUT AND ABOUT: A VISIT TO THE BIRCH AQUARIUM


A couple of weeks ago - on the very day I was trying to get tickets for Comic Con but failed - we went to the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. It's right around the corner from our place - to say it in American terms - but somehow I'd never gone there. Plus the fact that we got half price tickets was a nice bonus.


Like I've said before: I don't really like zoos or any place where animals are kept in cages (or fish tanks for that matter) but I still wanted to give the aquarium a chance. Mainly because it's a place of research with a mission of preserving marine life.

The Birch Aquarium at Scripps is part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego and dates all the way back to 1903 when it opened in its first setting (not in La Jolla). Nowadays you can see more than 380 species there, all in one place. 

70,000 gallon (264.979 liter) kelp forest tank

There the incredible 70,000 gallon (!!) kelp tank at the end of the Hall of Fishes. It's basically an enormous fish tank where you can take a seat and watch the fish swim around. It's pretty special.

Another favourite part of our visit was seeing this amazing Loggerhead Sea turtle. She was rescued after being found with major injuries and could not be released in the wild anymore since her rear flippers are paralyzed. So now she lives at the Birch Aquarium.  


And then there is the view of course, hello La Jolla Shores! Outside on the 'terrace' you can look at the some tide-pools and enjoy the sights. Pretty nice place to have an aquarium if you ask me.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92037

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