Animal Encounters Encourage Visitors To Connect With The Ocean's Creatures

August 03, 2007

Visitors get up close and personal during animal encounters

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is again offering its popular animal encounters including sea otters, sea lions, sharks, fish and a giant Pacific octopus. The encounters, offered through September, are designed to allow people to connect with the ocean’s creatures as they learn about them and observe them up close. Visitors will work with Aquarium staff helping to feed the animals and learn about its unique adaptations.

Sea Otter Encounters Tuesdays through September 29, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Learn about the sea otter’s many adaptations and the challenges these adaptations pose for their caretakers. Prepare otter treats and meet a mammalogist to learn about animal care and feeding as you watch sea otters up close. Registration required. $30 members, $35 nonmembers. Call (541) 867-3474 ext 2313.

Sea Lion Encounters Saturdays through September 15, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Visitors age 8 and up learn about the natural history of sea lions from Aquarium staff, prepare a sea lion snack, learn about their basic needs, receive a fishy kiss from Lea, one of the Aquarium’s friendlier pinnipeds and a photo of the experience. $40 members, $45 non members. Registration required. Call (541) 867-3474 ext 2313.

Shark and Finned Friends Encounters Sundays through September 9, 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Visitors age 8 and up watch the care and feeding of sharks and other fish living at the Aquarium. A chance to learn about how sharks are misrepresented throughout history and help prepare and feed the animals in Passages of the Deep. $40 members, $45 non members. Registration required. Call (541) 867-3474 ext 2313.

Octopus Encounter Sunday, September 2, 10:00 to 11:00 am
Visitors to the Oregon Coast Aquarium can learn what’s involved in caring for one of the ocean’s most intelligent creatures, a giant Pacific octopus. Under the supervision and guidance of an aquarist, an octopus encounter offers an opportunity to handle an octopus and watch it eat a special treat. $20 members, $25 non members. Registration required. Call (541) 867-3474 ext 2313.