Sea & Me
An Adventure of the Imagination!
The Oregon Coast Aquarium's interactive exhibit for children is called The Sea & Me. Based on the model used by children’s museums, this exhibit offers play experiences which are developmentally appropriate for kids ages 4 to 10 years old. Featuring animals that invite curiosity, Sea & Me promotes interactions within groups, including families, friends and peers while encouraging discovery, inquiry and a fresh understanding of the habitats of marine and freshwater animals.
Submarine Sea Lab: Explore the Darkened Depths
Learn to be a deep water scientist! Young visitors can climb aboard our mini submarine and descend into a coral reef through interactive displays and the power of their own imaginations.
The submarine features a working periscope, simulated ocean views using live animals, modern technology, with plenty of things to push, flip, turn and twist!
A Fisherman’s Life For Me!
Can you imagine working on the waves and enjoying the bounty of the sea? The highlight of our Fishing Gallery is a kid-sized fishing boat outfitted with a child-friendly wheelhouse and fishing gear. Young explorers can slip on rubber bibs and experience life as a fisherman in coastal waters while they learn where our seafood comes from and how we catch it.
Create Your Own Ocean Experience
One of the largest features in Sea & Me includes our theater which has been transformed into a free-play area where children will engage in a variety of unstructured activities. This includes exploring discovery boxes filled with ocean “biofacts” like shark jaws and whale baleen; or enjoying a good ocean-themed book with their parents or siblings. To stimulate imagination and creativity, the theater also offers a variety of marine and animal-themed costumes and a stage area where young visitors can act out their own ocean adventure.
Clean It Up!
Sea & Me extends the interactive experience by offering a new touch pool in which young visitors are encouraged to play with a variety of floatable items while learning about marine debris issues. It's almost as fun as a rubber ducky in a bathtub!
Connect to Nature and Culture
Culture and nature intertwine at our small cichlid pond as you observe and experience a bit of nature indoors. Inspired by Lake Malawi in Africa, the pond will enable you to learn how children half a world away experience and think about nature.
Animals, Animals, Animals
The animals shown below are just a few of the species you can expect to see in the Sea & Me exhibit. Additional species will be rotated into the exhibit throughout the year.
What Lives Here
If this fish looks familiar, you probably saw it in the 2003 Pixar animated film, Finding Nemo. (Remember, Dory?) Although popularized through the movies, the Bl... more
From first glance, it is obvious why this animal is called a Chocolate Chip Sea Star. The thick body and five arms are covered along the upper surface with dark ... more
Common Snook are sometimes known as “sergeant fish” or “robalo.” These large, carnivorous fish can be found all along the Gulf of Mexico region, from Florida to B... more
This fish’s brilliant colors and vibrant pattern make it a favorite of photographers, artists, naturalists and aquarists the world over. The adult Emperor Angelf... more
The Firefish Goby is a common reef fish found in the south Pacific. It is striking both for its coloration and unique body shape with an exceptionally long dorsa... more
The reason behind this fish’s name is apparent at first glance. The animal’s entire body is a brilliant crimson red with dark half-moon shapes around the eyes an... more
One of multiple species of angelfish, the French Angelfish is common throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Like many of its kind, the French Angelfish... more
These eye-catching fish are common to the Atlantic Ocean, from New England south to Brazil. The Gray Angelfish is one of eighty-six species, many of which are wi... more
These unusual-looking creatures have an ancient lineage. Fossils of prehistoric Horseshoe Crabs can be found dating back almost 500 million years – and the animal... more
The intriguing seahorse is part of the Family Syngnathidae which includes pipefish. These are atypical fish that have bodies encased by bony rings, tubular snout... more
Although they may look similar to Angelfish or Butterflyfish, the Moorish Idol is actually a member of the Surgeonfish family which include Tangs and Unicornfish.... more
This brilliant tropical fish is also known as the Atlantic Porkfish. It can be identified by its deep body, blunted snout and large lips. The coloring of the fis... more
This aggressive and carnivorous fish resides primarily in the shallow coral and rocky reefs along the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Caribbean. Adults are easi... more
The Spanish Hogfish is a tropical species commonly found around coral reefs in the western Atlantic Ocean. Adults inhabit rocky or coral reefs where they feed on... more
The Yellowhead Jawfish’s long, narrow body is perfect for burrowing. Most of its time is spent vertically, floating above or partially buried in the sandy sea bo... more