News & Announcements

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May 29, 2010

Swampland Opens!

Swampland opened Memorial Day weekend to enthusiastic reviews by excited visitors who got to touch some of its fascinating inhabitants in “creature features,” live animal demonstrations. Swampland is exciting because the exhibit displays animals never before shown at the Aquarium. The exhibit features more terrestrial animals than ever before, revealing their beauty and significance to their ha... more

April 22, 2010

Aquarium Prepares To Open Swampland

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is preparing to open its new changing exhibit, Swampland, Memorial Day weekend. The opening coincides with the beginning of summer hours for the Aquarium, 9 am – 6 pm. Swampland will be a colorful immersive experience, with elaborate mural work replicating three different types of swamps. Exotic creatures will inhabit a replicated South American swamp of the Pantanal, ... more

April 19, 2010

Aquarium Celebrates Earth Day April 22

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate Earth Day April 22, with conservation themed displays and activities throughout the day. There will be dive presentations, information and suggestions about what you can do to make a difference to help the marine environment and its inhabitants. Earth Day crafts and activities for kids will be available throughout the day. All activities are free with a... more

April 07, 2010

"Sea Unseen" Photography Exhibit Opens In Passages Of The Deep

An exhibit of unusual photographs is on display in the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Passages of the Deep exhibit. “Sea Unseen” is a collection of photographs taken by fisheries biologist Carla Stehr, whose extraordinary images of Pacific marine life are viewed and photographed through a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Peering into this microscope reveals a realm where unlikely shapes and texture... more

April 06, 2010

Aquarium Is Saddened By Loss Of Bailey The Sea Lion

The Oregon Coast Aquarium announced that a young sea lion named Bailey died yesterday in an accidental drowning.Bailey and another sea lion, Maya, apparently worked loose a filtration drain cover in a temporary pool where the two were being kept during routine quarantine, and the suction from the drain kept Bailey from being able to surface for air. Bailey’s remains were sent to the Oregon Sta... more

March 29, 2010

Aquarium Youth Volunteers Bring Storm Drain Art To Newport

Oregon Coast Aquarium youth volunteers partnered with the Surfrider Foundation to create a painting of a whale around a storm drain at the Nye Beach Turnaround in Newport. The “Storm Drain Art Project” intends to raise awareness about storm water and runoff pollution. Aquarium artist Michael Cole, known for his magnificent mural work at the Aquarium, painted the whale last Saturday. The youth v... more

March 04, 2010

Rescued Sea Lions Arrive At Aquarium

Two young female California sea lions arrived by truck at their new home at the Oregon Coast Aquarium March 3, accompanied by Aquarium husbandry staff. The animals will be in quarantine, and will not be on display to the public for 60 days. The sea lions, both about nine months old and both blind in one eye, are rehabilitated animals deemed unsuitable for release. One of the sea lions was born ... more

February 22, 2010

Enrollment Is Open For Adult Volunteer Spring Training

The Oregon Coast Aquarium has opened enrollment for its 2010 Adult Volunteer Spring Training. In addition to interpretive volunteer training, volunteer positions are being offered in facility maintenance, the Aquarium gift shop, special events, exhibits and administration. The training is March 20 through April 24 from 9 am to 5 pm. Volunteers working in positions other than interpreters will a... more

February 03, 2010

Enrollment Is Open For Youth Volunteer Spring Training

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is looking for teenagers to join its youth volunteer team. Young people have an opportunity to explore the fascinating world of marine science and share their knowledge as Aquarium interpreters. Youth volunteers spend 36 hours in training learning about marine science, marine animals, and conservation. Successful completion of training can earn young people 3 transfer... more

January 28, 2010

Rescued Sea Turtles Depart For San Diego

The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s role in rehabilitating two stranded sea turtles was completed January 28 as the turtles were picked up in Newport by a C-130 Hercules plane from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, and flown to San Diego. “Myrtle” and “Maude” will then be transferred to the SeaWorld Turtle Rehabilitation Center where they will complete rehabilitation and ideally, be released back int... more