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Tuna Fishery Day

2016 Event Day Schedule:

10:15 am Oregon Albacore Commission Film: Savor the Pride of the Fleet 12 minutes Theater
10:30 am Build a Tuna Activity 20 minutes Theater
10:30 am Otter Feed 15 minutes Otter Exhibit
11:00 am Sea Lion Feed 15 minutes Pinniped Exhibit
11:15 am Ocean Bingo Activity 25 minutes Theater
11:30 am Pelican Presentation 15 minutes Passages of the Deep Stage
11:45 am Tuna Length Activity 15 minutes Theater
12:00 pm Vulture Chat 15 minutes Vulture Exhibit
12:15 pm Oregon Albacore Commission Film: Savor the Pride of the Fleet 12 minutes Theater
12:30 pm Behind the Scenes Tour **Additional Fee Required 1 hour Behind the Scenes
12:30 pm Build a Tuna Activity 20 minutes Theater
1:00 pm Otter Feed 15 minutes Otter Exhibit
1:15 pm Ocean Bingo Activity 25 minutes Theater
1:30 pm Oregon Kelp Forest Dive 15 minutes Coastal Waters Gallery
1:45 pm Tuna Length Activity 15 minutes Theater
2:00 pm Pelican Presentation 15 minutes Passages of the Deep Stage
2:15 pm Oregon Albacore Commission Film: Savor the Pride of the Fleet 12 minutes Theater
2:30 pm Seabird Aviary Feed 15 minutes Aviary
2:30 pm Build a Tuna Activity 20 minutes Theater
2:45 pm Oregon Kelp Forest Dive 15 minutes Coastal Waters Gallery
3:00 pm Sea Lion Feed 15 minutes Pinniped Exhibit
3:15 pm Ocean Bingo Activity 25 minutes Theater
3:30 pm Otter Feed 15 minutes Otter Exhibit
3:45 pm Tuna Length Activity 15 minutes Theater
4:15 pm Oregon Albacore Commission Film: Savor the Pride of the Fleet 12 minutes Theater
4:30 pm Build a Tuna Activity 20 minutes Theater
5:00 pm Raffle 10 minutes Lobby
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World Oceans Day

Sea Lions That Recycle, “Better Bags” and More at World Oceans Day

Newport, Oregon—With dour reports on the extent and severity of plastic pollution in our oceans almost as abundant as the waste itself, it’s easy to feel discouraged. But on World Oceans Day at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the focus will be on not just the problem but also on practical, everyday solutions.

Recycling, for instance, is one practice all of us can take part in—including sea lions. Last year, Max the sea lion delighted visitors by properly disposing of a plastic soda bottle on exhibit, and this year he’s eager to live up to that recycling slogan, “Once Is Not Enough”, by showing off how good he’s gotten at it.

By promoting responsible use and disposal of plastic to Aquarium visitors, Max and Aquarium staff will highlight the 2016 World Oceans Day theme, “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”. The goal is to call attention to the ocean’s inextricable link to the well-being of our planet, and how stopping plastic pollution benefits the world’s largest ecosystem—from plankton to people.

To illustrate the concept of reducing plastic consumption, visitors are encouraged to take the Better Bag Challenge by pledging to avoid disposable bags for at least one year. The first 1,000 pledgers will receive a free Aquarium tote bag sporting the slogan, “This Bag Saves Sea Turtles”.

At the Aquarium, staff, volunteers and even animals—Max included—will go above and beyond to make the June 25th event extra special for Aquarium visitors. The annual event is celebrated by organizations across the globe to promote understanding and stewardship of the ocean.

“Really, every day at the Oregon Coast Aquarium is World Oceans Day, as the oceans are truly the heart of our planet,” said Wendy Spaulding, Education Programs Coordinator at the Aquarium. “But on this one day each year, we pull out all of the stops to celebrate the wonder and incredible value of our oceans. Through a large variety of family-friendly activities and presentations, we spotlight the vital role our oceans play for our planet, and how we can all help to protect the ocean we share.”

A scientist will dissect a mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) and large salmon shark (Lamna ditropis) to help visitors understand these powerful ocean predators better than ever before.

The squeamish may prefer to sample seaweed pickles during an Edible Ocean Demonstration, chat with divers as they swim with sharks in Passages of the Deep or embark on a scavenger hunt to win Aquarium treasures, including sleepovers, animal paintings and a chance to smooch a pinniped!

World Oceans Day activities are free with Aquarium admission and advance registration is not required. For more information visit aquarium.org or call 541-867-FISH.

Schedule of Events:

Time Program Length Location
10:30am Sea Otter Feed 15 minutes Sea Otter Exhibit
10:30am Mako Shark Dissection 45 minutes Passages of the Deep Courtyard
11:00am  Sea Lion Feed- Max Recycling! 15 minutes Pinniped Exhibit
11:15am Passages of the Deep Open Sea Dive Presentation 30 minutes Passages of the Deep
11:30am Pelican Presentation 15 minutes Passages of the Deep Courtyard
12:00pm Vulture Chat 15 minutes Vulture Exhibit
12:00pm Passages of the Deep Open Sea Dive Presentation 30 minutes Passages of the Deep
1:00pm Sea Otter Feed 15 minutes Sea Otter Exhibit
1:15pm Edible Ocean Demo 30 minutes Classroom
1:30pm Oregon Kelp Forest Dive Presentation 15 minutes Coastal Waters
2:00pm Pelican Presentation 15 minutes Passages of the Deep Courtyard
2:15pm Pinniped Power! Interactive Theater Program 30 minutes Theater
2:30pm Aviary Feed 15 minutes Sea Bird Aviary
2:45pm Oregon Kelp Forest Dive Presentation 15 minutes Coastal Waters
3:00pm Sea Lion Feed- Max Recycling! 15 minutes Pinniped Exhibit
3:15pm Salmon Shark Dissection 1 hour Passages of the Deep Courtyard
3:30pm Otter Feed 15 minutes Sea Otter Exhibit
4:00pm Oregon Kelp Forest Dive Presentation 15 minutes Coastal Waters
4:15pm Edible Ocean Demo 30 minutes Classroom
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