News & Announcements

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March 19, 2015

Dive into Volunteerism at the Aquarium

Newport, Oregon—Ask any Northwest diver, the waters off the Oregon coast are cold, dark and turbulent. Braving these conditions requires a drysuit, dedication, and perhaps even a bit of obsessive zeal. Many SCUBA divers instead choose to flock to tropical destinations or book shore dives at places like aquariums where calm conditions and the opportunity to view wildlife are guaranteed. At the ... more

March 17, 2015

Dash into Summer with the Flippers, Feathers & Fins 5K & Kids’ Dash

Newport, Oregon— The Oregon Coast Aquarium invites runners and walkers of all ages to flock to Newport for the 3rd annual Flippers, Feathers & Fins 5K & Kids’ Dash on Saturday, May 16 at 8:00 a.m. The Aquarium’s Wellness Committee organized the race to promote healthy living on the Oregon coast. The scenic route winds through the Aquarium and along the Yaquina Bay estuary where racers ... more

March 12, 2015

Unforgettable Spring Break Adventures Await at Aquarium

Newport, Oregon—From Brookings to the Columbia River, the Oregon Coast is a sweet destination for spring break. Thousands of families flock to Oregon’s shores, bringing welcome energy to local attractions. One of the must stops, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, boasts over 15,000 great reasons for coastal travelers to plan their visit right now, including harbor seals Tater, Elvis and Miller, who ma... more

March 10, 2015

Herd of Harbor Seals Debut at Aquarium

Newport, Oregon—Three Californians moved to Newport this winter. Miller, Tater and Elvis hailed from Vallejo, where they swam and galumphed across land at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. The Aquarium adopted the harbor seals to provide some youthful energy to its existing, geriatric population. At 19, 20 and 21 years old, the new additions are hardly spring chickens for their species; but compar... more

March 03, 2015

Volunteers Needed; Tolerance of Cute Critters a Must

Newport, Oregon— A massive audience, camera crews, exotic filming locations and a Hollywood smile, most people think that is the recipe for being an ambassador for nature. At the Oregon Coast Aquarium, folks will find none of that necessary. Interpretive volunteers collectively connect with over 400,000 visitors each year. Speaking on behalf of animals and their environments is no simple ta... more

February 23, 2015

Tropical Sea Turtle Flies South for Recovery

Contacts: Laura Todd, FWS, 541-867-4558 ext. 237/541-961-6904, Erin Paxton, Oregon Coast Aquarium, 541- 867-3474 x 5224, PA2 Robert Simpson, U.S. Coast Guard, 619-252-1304, Newport, Oregon–Solstice, a distressed sea turtle that was rescued and then successfully treated by the Oregon Coast Aquarium and U.S Fish and Wild... more

February 18, 2015

Media Advisory: Solstice the turtle to be transferred

WHAT: Solstice, a recovering sea turtle, will be moved from the Oregon Coast Aquarium to San Diego for eventual return to the wild via U.S. Coast Guard C-130 training mission. WHEN: Depart from Oregon Coast Aquarium with arrival at the Newport Municipal Airport between approximately 10:00 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 24. Scheduled to arrive ... more

February 03, 2015

Pucker up! It’s Almost Valentine’s Day at the Aquarium

 Newport, Oregon—Valentine’s Day marks the perfect season to share tokens of affection. At the Oregon Coast Aquarium, that means whiskery seal and sea lion smooches. The Aquarium is honoring the holiday that celebrates love by providing visitors with an opportunity to experience kisses unlike any other at a discounted price on February 14 and 15. Participants may delight in sharing an af... more

January 13, 2015

Aquarium Offers Teens an Ocean of Summer Fun

Newport, Oregon—Do you know a teen that aspires to be the next Jack Hannah, Jeff Corwin or the late, great Steve Irwin? The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering youngsters a chance to tread in their footsteps. The Aquarium’s volunteer program takes high school age youth on a journey of discovery. Speaking on behalf of animals and their environments is no simple task, which is why the Aquarium is... more

January 06, 2015

Solstice the Turtle Swims Toward Recovery

Newport, Oregon—Solstice the turtle flapped her flippers in water over the weekend. This should be business as usual for an olive ridley turtle, but for Solstice it is a significant milestone in her journey toward recovery. Solstice arrived at the Oregon Coast Aquarium hypothermic, dehydrated and emaciated on December 22. The sub-adult turtle had ventured far from the warm temperate waters of... more