Siletz Tribal Contribution Fund Awards Grant To Aquarium

January 11, 2008

The grant will help fund the Aquarium’s upcoming “Oddwater” exhibit

The Oregon Coast Aquarium was awarded a grant from the Siletz Tribal Contribution Fund to help finance the Aquarium’s upcoming exhibit, Oddwater, slated to open Memorial Day weekend 2008. Aquarium staff began dismantling its most recent changing exhibit, Claws!, January 7 to allow construction on the new exhibit to begin.

The Siletz grant is earmarked to help pay for the interactive graphics which will be a part of the new exhibit. The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Charitable Contribution Fund assists and supports local governments and charitable causes. "We are grateful for this and the past support by the Siletz Tribal Contribution Fund,” said Dale Schmidt, Aquarium President. “Their involvement enables us to use state of the art graphic signs and images, which will give the new exhibit a more powerful and lasting impact on our visitors."

The new exhibit, Oddwater, promises to be as engaging and colorful as Claws with a fascinating look at some of the most unique life forms that live in the ocean. Like the Claws exhibit, Oddwater will feature interactive components and colorful wall murals depicting the different species and their habitats from Aquarium artist, Michael Cole. One of the more unusual aspects of Oddwater is the art glass inside the tanks of some of the displays. A sneak preview can be seen now in two small “Stay Tuned” displays near the changing exhibit area. The blown glass complements the strange and beautiful creatures of Oddwater.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium was named among the “Top 10 Aquariums for Kids” in the nation by Parents magazine as well as top ten ratings by Coastal Living magazine and USA Today. Visitors can get within inches of marine life in Passages of the Deep, walking through a 200-foot clear underwater tunnel that runs through three ocean habitats encountering sharks, rays and thousands of other fish native to Pacific Northwest waters.