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September 10, 2013

You ‘Otter’ Go to Sea Otter Awareness Week at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium is home to Judge, Mojoe and Schuster who comprise the largest raft of sea otters in Oregon. In honor of sea otters everywhere, the Aquarium will celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week from September 22 to 28. The Aquarium will be brimming with sea otter facts, jokes, quizzes and art so visitors can learn about these marine mammals no matter what exhibit th... more

Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon Coast Community College Team Up in a New Partnership for Oyster Cloyster

Newport, Oregon— The Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation (OCCCF) established a new partnership this year for the 13th annual Oyster Cloyster. Under this new partnership, proceeds from the event will benefit both organizations equally. Oyster Cloyster brings chefs and food enthusiasts together for a celebration of the oyster, an iconic symbol of the fishin... more

August 30, 2013

Oregon Coast Aquarium Hatches Companion for Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Black Oystercatcher

Newport, Oregon—A black oystercatcher chick that hatched in the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Seabird Aviary exhibit this summer boarded a plane in Portland on August 29 to fly south to its new home at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The oystercatcher chick pipped through the shell of its egg and into the world on July 12. The bird, which now tips the scale at eight times its hatch weight, grew with lea... more

August 22, 2013

Oregon Coast Aquarium Invites Marine Science Enthusiasts to Volunteer

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium invites people throughout Oregon to join its team of volunteers for the fall exhibit interpretation Volunteer Training Program which begins September 21. During the six week training course, volunteers develop in-depth knowledge about the marine life endemic to the Pacific Northwest. To ensure that each volunteer receives training and assignments tha... more

August 20, 2013

Oregon Coast Aquarium Hooks into Albacore Tuna for Fisheries Day

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate albacore tuna for Fisheries Day on August 21. Games, craft projects and education programs designed to be fun for kids will be in The Sea & Me exhibit gallery. Meanwhile the Tuna Traipse, a scavenger hunt of tuna-related questions, will be spread throughout the Aquarium. The Oregon Albacore Commission will be at the Aquarium with ... more

August 07, 2013

Orphan Snowy Plover Chicks and Adult Set for Release on Oregon Coast

Newport, Oregon – Five abandoned snowy plover chicks and a rehabilitated adult male are being released back to the wild by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners. The birds, federally and state listed as threatened, were rescued in early July by plover monitors from the Institute for Natural Resources, Portland State University and U.S. Forest Service staff. A father and two chic... more

August 06, 2013

Shark Teeth are Terrific in Upcoming Preschool Education Program

Newport, Oregon— “They love story time, they love to touch stuff and they love crafts. You have all those things! Why not bring them here?” exclaimed Anne Catalano, a Newport mother who regularly brings her six children to the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Aquatots education programs. Aquatots is offered on the second Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for kids ages three to five ... more

July 31, 2013

Oregon Coast Aquarium Makes a Splash for Shark Conservation Week

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium will make a splash during Shark Conservation Week on August 10-18. Programs are designed to teach visitors of all ages about sharks from teeth to tail and the impacts humans have on these marine predators. Activities include opportunities to touch shark skin and teeth, a bat ray dissection and presentations from scientists, authors and artists. • The... more

July 26, 2013

Oregon Coast Aquarium Bids Farewell to Beloved Harbor Seal

Newport, Oregon— One of the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Harbor seals was discovered unresponsive when staff arrived at the marine mammal holding facility on Wednesday, July 17. The seal was born at Point Defiance Zoo on July 15, 1979 and came to the Aquarium when it opened in 1992. At 34 years, the seal was exceptionally old for her species, which typically live less than 20 years in the wild. “... more

July 05, 2013

4th of July Weekend at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon— What’s cool on 4th of July weekend? Red, White and Water! The Oregon Coast Aquarium will be open every day this summer from 9:00 a.m. - 6 p.m. inviting its visitors dive into the underwater world. New this summer, the Aquarium hosts a Turkey Vulture Chat every day at 12:30 p.m. Guests are also encouraged to attend the sea otter and sea lion feeding presentations that are featur... more