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October 02, 2014

The Lost Fish Finds its Way to Newport

Newport, Oregon—The Lost Fish, a documentary about several Northwest tribes’ efforts to save the Pacific lamprey in the Colombia River Basin, will screen in Newport on Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. The Pacific lamprey has wormed its eel-like body through Earth’s waters for over 400 million years. The species survived mass extinctions, but slipped through the cracks of modern conservation ef... more

September 22, 2014

Aquarium Divers Conducted Submarine Science for Oregon Marine Reserve Managers

Newport, Oregon—Over half a dozen divers plunged into a cold water reef near Port Orford on the southern Oregon coast in early September. Sustained winds were just six miles per hour, creating relatively calm boating and dive conditions for these seasoned divers. With slates and cameras in hand, they swam through surge that pitched them back and forth as far as 5 meters, carefully identifying a... more

September 09, 2014

COASTALearning Symposium Opens World of Outdoor Education to Oregon Teachers

Newport, Oregon—The outdoors will invade Oregon classrooms this fall – or at least, that is what the organizers behind the COASTALearning Symposium hope following the event on October 9 and 10. The Symposium will feature nearly 50 sessions to, “Make the ocean and forest a natural place for student learning,” according to the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s school liaison, Rachael Bashor, who coordinat... more

September 03, 2014

Aquarium Launches Operation Otter Awareness

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s resident sea otters, Judge, 14, Schuster, 3, Nuka, 1 and Oswald, 10 months, will co-host over a dozen educational activities on Saturday, September 27 when the Oregon Coast Aquarium celebrates Sea Otter Awareness Week. The Aquarium hopes the effort will help stamp sea otters’ place at the forefront of Oregonians’ hearts and minds. These marine member... more

August 12, 2014

Volunteers Needed; Tolerance of Cute Critters a Must

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium is home to over 15,000 animals, each a representative ambassador of their species in the wild. The challenge? These creatures cannot speak for themselves. Over 150 outstanding volunteer interpreters donate their time to add depth to these animals and their native environments to the 450,000 people that visit the Aquarium each year. “Interpretation ... more

August 07, 2014

Adorable Animals Hatch at Aquarium

Newport, Oregon—Six species of seabirds made way for busy parents and tiny chicks over the past week when two common murres pipped their way through egg shells and into the world. “They’re just a handful right now, no bigger than a lemon, and most of that is feathers,” said aviculturist Heather Olson. The baby birds’ diminutive size is temporary, and they are already packing on grams by the d... more

August 05, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State Fair Share Summer Fun

Newport, Oregon—Visitors to the Oregon Coast Aquarium will be treated to a surprise perfectly suited to the summer season starting Tuesday, August 5. Each group that purchases Aquarium admission will receive an Oregon State Fair Fun Pass, good for one child or senior citizen’s admission to the August 22 to September 1 Oregon State Fair in Salem. The Aquarium partnered with Oregon State Fair bec... more

July 31, 2014

Aquarium’s Animals Fight Cancer with Art

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s animals and keepers are honoring this weekend’s upcoming Relay for Life event in Newport with a stroke of generosity. California sea lion Lea took up a paint brush, while turkey vultures Olive and Ichabod strutted their stuff to create artwork for a cause. The Aquarium will donate all proceeds from these pink and purple paintings, currently listed f... more

July 24, 2014

BLUE on Tour Releases List of Films for Upcoming Oregon Event

Newport, Oregon—An ocean of internationally-acclaimed films will screen in Oregon for the first time when the BLUE on Tour Ocean Film Festival splashes into Newport on August 1 and 2. Festival-goers will enjoy films and programs set in the inspiring Oregon Coast Aquarium and Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC). Feature-length productions and shorts, with content discussions, and question and... more

July 21, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium Bites into Shark Week Myths with Facts and Fun

Newport, Oregon—Shark Week celebrations at the Oregon Coast Aquarium are markedly different from the better known television event. The myth of a living modern megalodon, and disproportionate representation of sharks biting humans will be noticeably absent. The facts presented, however, will be no less thrilling. The Aquarium’s Shark Conservation Weekend will separate fact from fiction to unvei... more