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San Diego — By Pam Nagata on April 29, 2010 at 11:15 pm
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Snorkel the Seas with Birch Aquarium

The sun has arrived in La Jolla, and it’s time to go snorkeling!

Explore the world beyond the beach with snorkeling adventures offered this summer through Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.  Join aquarium naturalists on an unforgettable face-to-face excursion with abundant marine life that lives just off the La Jolla coast.  You will learn about sea creatures and the ecology of their underwater homes while picking up snorkeling tips.

Intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Participants must supply their own gear.

Snorkel with Sharks
Dates: June 19; July 10, 17 & 31; Aug. 14, 21 & 28

Swim with schooling leopard sharks, smoothhound sharks and guitarfish while enjoying the mild surf and gently sloping beach of La Jolla Shores. See rays, flatfish, sand dwelling invertebrates and coastal sea life.

Time: 8-10 a.m.
Cost: $30 per person
Ages: 10+ (ages 10-13 must be accompanied by a paid adult)

Snorkel La Jolla Cove
Dates: July 3 & Aug. 7

Enjoy the calm, picturesque waters of La Jolla Cove, part of the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park and Ecological Reserve. Discover the exotic playground of such beautiful creatures as garibaldi, lobsters and octopuses.  Learn what it’s like to live in a state-protected ecosystem.

Time: 8-10 a.m.
Cost: $30
Ages: 10+ (ages 10-13 must be accompanied by a paid adult)

RSVP required: 858-534-7336 or online at aquarium.ucsd.edu

Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037 (map), 858-534-FISH.

Photo courtesy of Birch Aquarium.

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