Scripps Pier walkers watch the sun set and moon rise

Floodlights aided discovery after the sun set.

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Naturalists at Birch Aquarium presented a Full Moon Pier Walk on Friday, Aug. 31 with some 50 guests on hand to participate in a special “Blue Moon,” event, taking in the second full moon of the month (the first came on Aug. 2.)

After hosting a tour of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus, the naturalists led the group to the pier (normally closed to the public) for a stroll to the end and a spectacular sunset. Next came hands-on exploration of the science stations along the pier and then some marine biology lessons under floodlights. Many participants dissected squids to marvel at the wonders inside, examined shark jawbones, used microscopes to view the tiny marine life collected off sediment samples from the ocean floor, and picked sea stars, crabs and barnacles from the pier’s netting. At about 8 p.m., as participants said goodnight and began walking off the pier, the full blue moon rose over the hill to greet them. The next Full Moon Pier Walks are 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30. Tickets $25 at (858) 534-7336. aquarium.ucsd.edu               — Susan DeMaggio

Up next: A Lecture

What: “Gray Whales in a Changing Environment,” Perspectives on Ocean Science lecture series. Wayne Perryman and Dave Weller of Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA) discuss why the North Pacific gray whale has been called an “ecosystem sentinel,” and how global climate change may ultimately make the biggest impact on these ocean giants.

— When: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10

— Where: Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego

— Admission: $5-$8

— Tickets: (858) 534-4109

— E-mail: aquariuminfo@ucsd.edu

— Website: aquarium.ucsd.edu

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