Turtle Exhibit Closes; Claws! Arrives

April 06, 2006

Aquarium’s Turtle Exhibit Closed April 4

The exhibit, "Turtle Trek: A Journey of Survival" closed April 4 at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and construction has begun in the changing exhibit space, transforming the area into a colorful new exhibit. The exhibit, titled "Claws!" will explore the adaptations and remarkable diversity of crabs, lobsters, shrimp, isopods and copepods. "Claws!" will open May 27, Memorial Day weekend, with activities all weekend long.

The Turtle Trek exhibit has been well received and produced a new member during its eleven month run. The Vietnamese leaf turtle pair, a highly endangered species, parented a baby, which hatched in November after 108 days incubation. Also during the turtle exhibit the “Turtle Song” radio commercial won the top award in Portland Ad Federation’s Rosy Awards.

The Turtle exhibit was conceptualized and constructed entirely in-house and the Claws exhibit will be another Aquarium staff creation. The new exhibit starts out with a design that utilizes the entire space integrating floor plans and traffic flow. The process requires coordination of different disciplines including art, science, engineering and fun!

The color, diversity and habits of crustaceans make them fun to watch, but the real fun begins with the hands on activities. A variety of interactive displays explain crustacean adaptations from crab movement and claw strength to shrimp vision. A dance floor will offer kids a chance to learn how to “dance like a crustacean." Colorful interpretive graphics and audio-visual media will convey the importance of these invertebrates to humans and as a link in the marine food web.

The turtle exhibit has boosted attendance and we hope the Claws exhibit will repeat that success. The Aquarium’s intent with the Claws exhibit is to enlighten, entertain and amaze. If we can get a better understanding of the ocean and habitat conditions that crustaceans need to survive, we might become better at predicting changes in their populations which will help us better manage fisheries and ensure the survival of crustaceans.