Above: World Oceans Day graphic.
It’s time to celebrate our big blue ocean!
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, will mark World Oceans Day with special activities on Tuesday, June 8, to honor our connection to the ocean and raise awareness about the need to protect it.
Explore the aquarium in Seussian style as you spot fish with zany names and odd shapes. Learn about fish diversity as you peer through microscopes, touch shark skin and observe swimming fish. Watch a special World Oceans Day dive show in our two-story, 70,000-gallon kelp forest tank. A fishy scavenger hunt and story times will be held throughout the day. All activities are included with paid admission to the aquarium.
First envisioned in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Oceans Day is an annual opportunity to celebrate our ocean and personal connection to the sea. The summit was the first major international gathering focused on the health of the ocean. Its centerpiece was the ratification of the Global Warming Treaty, made possible by the inaugural 1990 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international body of researchers – including a dozen Scripps Oceanography scientists – who analyze climate change and its impacts on the planet. The United Nations declared June 8 the official World Oceans Day in 2009.
Location: Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA Get Directions
Date & Time: June 8, 11 a.m.