The Birch Aquarium's current exhibition, "There's Something About Seahorses," features 2,000-square-feet of up-close experiences with more than a dozen species of live sea horses and their relatives, including pipefish, shrimpfish and sea dragons.
Guests can view the unique biology and adaptations of the famously camouflaged creatures, discover how the male sea horse gets pregnant and gives birth, investigate what makes the sea horse a fish (though it doesn't quite look like one), learn about the threats these animals face in the wild and journey with Scripps researchers solving mysteries about the sea dragon family tree.
In the last 15 years, the aquarium has raised 13 species of sea horses and shipped more than 3,000 specimens to 78 aquariums and zoos. Animals featured in the exhibit were either bred onsite or at other aquariums or obtained from aquaculture facilities inspected by Birch Aquarium aquarists.
For more about the exhibit, up through 2011, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu.