Birch Aquarium Oddities Exhibit
It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, it’s a … Giant Tube Worm? Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections, is a comic book-inspired exhibit that highlights the astonishing adaptations (aka super powers) of ocean species.
Oddities is created in partnership with the team from the Scripps Oceanographic Collections, where millions of specimens allow scientists to understand some of the amazing adaptations marine creatures have developed to survive. From super vision and invisibility to protective armor and the ability to create electricity to zap prey, real marine creatures do amazing things every day that stretch even the wildest imagination.
“I don’t think an exhibit like this would be possible anywhere else,” said Harry Helling, executive director of Birch Aquarium. “It’s truly a unique collaboration between the researchers of the Scripps Collections and the talented Exhibits and Education teams here at Birch Aquarium. Our guests are in for a real treat!”
The interactive exhibit will include examples of some of the most unique creatures from all depths and highlight how they have inspired everything from cinema and pop culture to medicine and engineering.
Guests will learn what it takes to collect scientific samples and have the opportunity to test out some of these unique adaptations through creature cosplay.
“We’re excited to showcase some of the wonderful specimens from the Collections and to tell their stories in this playful, engaging way. By coming face-to-face with unusual specimens, visitors will get to see how our Collections empower real discoveries in science and education every day,” said Charlotte Seid, manager of Scripps’ Benthic Invertebrate Collection.
About The Birch Aquarium
Located at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD Birch has so many great exhibits you won’t know where to start! Walk through the Hall of Fishes, where every kind of fish you’ve ever imagined swims before your eyes. Or checkout ElasmoBeach and meet La Jolla’s legendary leopard sharks and other species that make their home in local waters. Birch’s 13,000-gallon tank showcases sharks, rays, and other marine life that live close to shore. Explore Preuss Tide-Pool Plaza, featuring three, living tide-pool displays where visitors can touch and learn about tidepool animals with docents. If you want to “sea” life in a whole new way, visit the Birch Aquarium.
Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Birch Aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An oceanographic museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps Oceanography scientists on climate, earth, and ocean science and includes interactive elements.