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June 30, 2015

Aquarium Employee Honored

Newport, Oregon—Sweat equity, a sharp mind and plenty of behind the scenes shenanigans; at the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, that spells the recipe for recognition as the Don M. Rowley Award for Spirit of Service and Outstanding Volunteerism. The title is the only award the Chamber named after an individual, and potential candidates must have a proven track record of living up to Rowle... more

June 25, 2015

Find Foraging, Fishing & Fun at Aquarium Camp

Newport, Oregon—From water-front clams and seaweeds to forest berries and sorrel, the Oregon Coast is wild with culinary delights. For the unseasoned, not knowing where to start intimidates many from trying their own hand at this undomesticated feast. The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Edible Ocean Family Camp Out invites adventurous eaters ages eight and older to explore wild-sourced summer delicac... more

June 04, 2015

Sea Lion Learns to Recycle for World Oceans Day

Newport, Oregon—Max the 500-pound California sea lion crunches his black teeth onto an empty two-liter Pepsi bottle. He speeds to his trainer, Oregon Coast Aquarium mammalogist Brittany Blades, who waits for him next to a recycling bin. Max hops out of the water, heads to the container and drops the bottle in, completing his new “recycle” behavior. The sound of a whistle, cheers from the watchi... more

May 28, 2015

Harbor Seal Heads Over-the-Hill

Newport, Oregon—At nearly 40 years and counting, Skinny is the oldest harbor seal in the Northwest, and the third oldest in the United States according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The average lifespan of female harbor seals is 25 to 30 years. The Oregon Coast Aquarium plans to celebrate its golden girl with a birthday party June 1st in seal style. Fish filled ice cakes and pile... more

May 26, 2015

Aquarium to Welcome Lincoln County Hospitality Workers

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium will thank Lincoln County restaurant, lodging and gas station employees with free admission from Saturday, May 30 through Friday, June 5. Hospitality employees that wish to take advantage of the offer will be asked to provide proof of employment with a recent pay stub. Those unsure if their place of employment qualifies for the program may contact the... more

May 22, 2015

Aquarium Wreck Showcases Science

Newport, Oregon—Secrets of Shipwrecks: Part History. Part Mystery opens at the Oregon Coast Aquarium on May 23, 2015 and promises to ignite in visitors the spirit of archaeological adventure – with an aquatic twist. The underwater world is rife with complex ecosystems and inaccessible to most people who make decisions that impact it every day. “Just a handful of researchers worldwide work in t... more

May 18, 2015

Waves of Fun Await at World Oceans Day

Newport, Oregon—364 days a year, the Oregon Coast Aquarium showcases the underwater world. Its interpretive exhibits and programs have earned consistent recognition as one of the ten best aquariums in the nation. On June 6, the Aquarium will take this mission to a whole new level in honor of the United Nation’s international World Oceans Day. The annual celebration is held in conjunction with ... more

May 13, 2015

Secrets of Shipwrecks Exhibit Launches Visitors on an Expedition into the World of Underwater Archaeology

Newport, Oregon—Secrets of Shipwrecks: Part History. Part Mystery brings underwater exploration to land-lubbers’ turf. Visitors will discover a variety of aquatic animals from across the globe, plus multimedia interactives, replicas of shipwreck artifacts and interpretations of historic wrecks – no SCUBA gear or submarines necessary. In Summary: • Secrets of Shipwrecks: Part History. Par... more

Media Advisory: Oregon Coast Aquarium Secrets of Shipwrecks: Part History. Part Mystery. Preview

WHAT: A preview of the new special exhibition Secrets of Shipwrecks: Part History. Part Mystery. which highlights the science and technology of shipwrecks exploration across the globe. WHEN: Thursday, May 21, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (PST) WHERE: Oregon Coast Aquarium, 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, Newport, Oregon. Gather in the Aquarium’s main entrance lobby by 5:15 p.m. PROGRAM: Carrie Lewis, the Aqu... more

May 12, 2015

Aquarium Honors Past, Celebrates Future

Newport, Oregon—From the day it opened in 1992, the Oregon Coast Aquarium has been a relentless champion for the interests of coastal and marine environments in the Pacific Northwest. On May 7, the staff, board and supporters of the nonprofit paused to recognize the Aquarium’s own stewards during the annual Ocean Steward Celebration at NW Natural headquarters in Portland. At the event, the bo... more