Whale Fest

On February 15, 2020
Whales are taking over Birch Aquarium at Scripps for a week-long celebration of family fun. Winter is the peak time to see Gray Whales off the coast of San Diego, and Whale Fest highlights these marathon-migrators and their cousins from Feb. 8-16. Every day from 11 am to 3 pm, guests will learn how to to spot whales from the panoramic Tide-Pool Plaza; get hands-on with whale biofacts like baleen and bones, learn about unique ways whales and dolphins survive in their aquatic home, dive deeper into whale evolution and conservation, and join a Gray Whale’s journey on a story path through the Hall of Fishes. In addition to the daily activities, on weekends guests will meet whale scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego or NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center. These scientists study everything from the sounds whales make to the food they eat, and will discuss the latest whale research and conservation efforts. Weekends include additional activities and take-home crafts. Whale Fest activities are included with Birch Aquarium admission, which is $19.50 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 to 17. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu

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