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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

June 27, 2013

Horned Puffins Stretch Their Wings at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon— A new species of the feathered kind debuted at the Oregon Coast Aquarium early Tuesday morning when three horned puffins waddled out of their carrier into the Seabird Aviary. This is the first time the Aquarium has exhibited horned puffins, known as Fratercula corniculata in the scientific community. These birds needed a home after a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service seizure, ... more

June 20, 2013

Youth Volunteers Start a Summer of Science at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon— School is out and for 25 teens this marks the beginning of a summer submersed in marine science. As youth volunteers for the Oregon Coast Aquarium, they will enhance visitor experiences by sharing what they are learning as interpretive naturalists. Teresa Mealy, the Aquarium’s Youth Program Coordinator said, “The Youth Program provides a great experience for students to lear... more

June 11, 2013

Oregon Coast Aquarium Cleans Up Yaquina Bay for World Oceans Day

Newport, Oregon— Oregon Coast Aquarium staff and volunteer divers had a trashy afternoon on Saturday, June 8 when they plunged into Yaquina Bay to clean up the underwater landscape surrounding Port Dock 1 on Newport’s Historic Bayfront. The divers worked in shifts over the course of the afternoon to haul marine debris out of the water. By the time they climbed back on deck and pulled off their ... more