Aquarium Offers Gulf Awareness Week August 23-29

August 20, 2010

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will feature Gulf Awareness Week August 23-29 with information and hands-on demonstrations illustrating the effects of the Gulf oil spill on wetlands and the marine environment. One of the goals with the Aquarium’s new Swampland exhibit is to raise public consciousness about the importance of our wetlands.

As scientists look for ways to mitigate the damage of the spill, the importance of wetlands to the health of our planet is becoming more evident. The Aquarium’s Swampland exhibit is a colorful, immersive experience that attempts to inspire awe and understanding of wetlands, including three different types of swamps and the animals that live in them.

Gulf Awareness Week will include demonstrations that show what oil does to feathers and how it interacts with water. There will be information and displays about the effects of the gulf oil spill and video footage showing how oil covered animals are cleaned and how nature heals itself. The Surfrider Foundation will provide a table with information on how you can get involved in protecting our oceans. The Aquarium will offer reusable canvas bags for sale with the proceeds going directly toward animal rehabilitation. All events are free after regular Aquarium admission.

The intent of Gulf Awareness Days is to raise awareness about the long-range effects oil spills on the natural resources of the ocean, and the environment, the economy and the lifestyle and well-being of the people who are dependent on those resources.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources.