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Photo Friday is at a wonderful location this week.  The boys and I stopped by the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, California.  Birch Aquarium is public exploration center for the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, at UC San Diego.

The aquarium is on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  It features more than 60 species of sea life from the Pacific.  It provides science education to interpret Scripps Institution of Ocean Research, and to promote ocean conservation.

Surrounding the central lobby of the aquarium are five main exhibits: Explorers Gallery, Tide pool Plaza, Wall of Fishes, Shark Tank and Seahorse display.  Each section offers a unique experience.

Explorers Gallery showcases discoveries in climate, earth and ocean sciences.  Wall of fishes contains a huge 70,000 gallon tank kelp forest.  The Shark Exhibit has a 13,000 gallon display tank of sharks.  Seahorse center is the newest display and showcases seahorses and seadragons.  My personal favorite is the Tide pool Plaza which features three living tidepools.  Tide pool plaza is located outdoors and has a spectacular view of the Pacific.

The Birch Aquarium is not Sea World.  There are no shows or amusements rides.  What it does offer is a wonderful, educational experience for any one interested in learning more about the ocean.

To learn more about the Birch Aquarium check out the website at:  www.aquarium.ucsd.edu   I hope you enjoyed the visit.  Talk again soon.