Birch Aquarium Seadragons & Seahorses opened on Friday, May 17, 2019, at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This permanent exhibition celebrates the care and conservation of these unique creatures.
Seadragons & Seahorses is the largest indoor aquarium addition since the aquarium’s opening in 1992 and
will be home to Weedy and Leafy Seadragons, as well as several species of seahorses and pipefish.
The centerpiece of the exhibition will be one of the largest seadragon habitats in the world. The
18-foot-wide, 9-foot-tall exhibit will hold 5,375 gallons of water — that’s equivalent to 70 bathtubs! More
than being a stunning display, the habitat has been designed to create an ideal environment to breed
seadragons. Birch Aquarium hopes to be the first aquarium to successfully breed Leafy Seadragons in
Dappled light, dramatic photography, and larger-than-life imagery set the scene as guests learn how to
observe these animals the way scientists do: by noticing the unique features that distinguish individual
animals and identifying courtship and mating behaviors that will make our breeding program a success.