News & Announcements

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March 15, 2013

The Oregon Coast Aquarium Offers Extended Hours for Spring Break

News Release – March 14, 2013  The Oregon Coast Aquarium Offers Extended Hours for Spring Break Newport, Oregon— “There is nothing like shaking hands with the largest species of octopus in the world, or waking up in the Passages of the Deep tunnels surrounded by dozens of sharks,” said Wendy Spaulding, Education Programs Coordinator for the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Starting Saturda... more

Aialik, The “Big Brother” Sea Otter, Dies

News Release – March 6, 2013   Aialik, The “Big Brother” Sea Otter, Dies Newport, Oregon— The staff of the Oregon Coast Aquarium sadly announce the death of Aialik, a northern sea otter who was “big brother” to the Aquarium’s sea otter family. Aialik was humanely euthanized Wednesday morning, March 6, at the Aquarium’s veterinary care center because of a failing urinary tract tha... more

Spring Volunteer Training To Begin At The Oregon Coast Aquarium

Press Release – February 15, 2013 Spring Volunteer Training To Begin At The Oregon Coast Aquarium Newport, Oregon— The Oregon Coast Aquarium volunteer spring training session begins on April 6th, 2013. In order to apply applicants must submit an official application which is available at the admissions area of the Aquarium or on After receiving your completed applicat... more

Oregon Coast Aquarium Breaks Ground On Pinniped Remodel

Press Release – January 24, 2013 Oregon Coast Aquarium Breaks Ground On Pinniped Exhibit Remodel Newport, Oregon— The Oregon Coast Aquarium is set to begin a much anticipated renovation that will overhaul the Pinniped (Seal and Sea Lion) exhibit. The goal of the project is to increase the educational and overall guest experience while viewing the exhibit. “The Pinniped Exhibit remod... more

December 21, 2012

Despite Rehabilitation Efforts, Stranded Sea Turtles Pass Away

Newport, Oregon— The attempt to revive and stabilize the two sea turtles that were found on the Oregon coast on Monday December 17th came to a sad conclusion Thursday with both animals passing away. The Olive Ridley turtle never recovered from cold shock and was unresponsive from the moment it arrived at the Oregon Coast Aquarium with very little to no detectable signs of life. Veterinari... more

December 19, 2012

Aquarium To Provide Care for Distressed Sea Turtles

Newport, Oregon— The two sea turtles that washed ashore on the Oregon coast Monday December 17th have arrived for care at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The first was found in Seaside and the second washed ashore in Gearhart. Both turtles were taken to the Seaside Aquarium for care until transfer could be arranged. The turtles, both females, were transported Monday evening to the Oregon Coast... more

December 10, 2012

Caryl Zenker Named Oregon Coast Aquarium’s New Vice President of Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/6/12 CONTACT: Olga Haley for Oregon Coast AquariumNEWPORT, Ore.—Caryl Zenker, former executive director of The Zoo Society of Tacoma is the new vice president of development for the Oregon Coast Aquarium ( She has an extensive professional background in development and marketing in the Pacific Northwest. Zenker’s broad career includes fund-raising ... more

June 05, 2012

World Oceans Day June 8

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate World Oceans Day Friday, June 8, 2012 with activities and information about ocean conservation. This year’s theme, Youth: the Next Wave for Change, encourages people to reach out to youth in the community to inspire stewardship of our oceans.  On World Oceans Day, people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water that ... more

May 26, 2012

The Sea & Me Opens

The Oregon Coast Aquarium opens The Sea & Me, a new children’s interactive exhibit, amid Memorial Day weekend festivities, May 26-28, 2012. The opening of the exhibit coincides with the Aquarium’s 20th anniversary and the beginning of summer hours, 9 am to 6 pm, through Labor Day weekend. Opening weekend will include a performance by Radio Disney, face painting, a children’s craft... more

Dive With the Sharks!

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering a unique opportunity for divers to participate in a new pilot guest dive program this summer. The first dive is scheduled Sunday, May 27, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.  The program includes a chance to dive with Aquarium sharks and other fishes under the supervision of Aquarium dive guides. There will be more dives scheduled during the summer with... more