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New Birch Aquarium Exhibit Highlights Sea Creatures With ‘Super Powers’

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A display from the new exhibit "Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collection" at Birch Aquarium. June 2018.

New Birch Aquarium Exhibit Highlights Sea Creatures With Super Powers


Jenni Brandon, oceanographer and educator, Birch Aquarium

Ben Frable, manager of the marine vertebrate collection, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


They can use electricity to zap prey, become invisible in a flash and some have even developed a sixth sense.

These aren't your traditional comic book superheroes, they’re creatures who live under the sea.

The new comics-inspired exhibit “Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections” at Birch Aquarium features marine animals with special adaptations to survive.

"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 in a press release.

The exhibit opens June 29.

Jenni Brandon, educator at Birch Aquarium, and Ben Frable with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, discuss the importance of this collection Wednesday on Midday Edition.

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