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May 27, 2014

Delve into an Ocean of Cinematography in Newport this Summer

Newport, Oregon—The Blue on Tour Ocean Film Festival will come to Oregon for the first time to showcase a collection of world-class marine-themed cinematography this summer. The Festival opens with a reception hosted at the Oregon Coast Aquarium on Friday, August 1, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. This soirée will include a lecture from a leader in the marine science field and sustainably sourced seafo... more

May 22, 2014

Dive into World Oceans Day at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon—The world’s oceans cover 75 percent of the planet, but humans have only explored about five to seven percent of the ocean floor, and roughly one-half of one percent of the vast expanses of the water column itself. The Oregon Coast Aquarium will provide new and return visitors unique opportunities to add depth to their knowledge of this mysterious realm on Saturday, June 7, in ... more

May 21, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium Extends Hours, Launches Programs for Summer Season

Newport, Oregon—Visitors to the coast this summer may drift into the microscopic world of plankton, talk with a turkey vulture, kiss a sea lion and chat with SCUBA divers surrounded by sharks when they make a stop at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The Aquarium, ranked as one of the ten best in the U.S., will offer a variety of education programs this summer, many that are new, to broaden the world... more

May 15, 2014

Oregon and California Zoos and Aquariums Partner to Place Stranded Sea Otters

Newport, Oregon—Precious cargo arrived Tuesday, May 13 on the Oregon coast in ice-filled crates when a single turbo prop plane touched down at Newport Municipal Airport. Oswald and Juno, two sea otter pups bound for their new homes at Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Oregon Zoo, debarked from the plane with a mammalogist and veterinarian in tow that cared for them during their journey from the Mon... more

May 05, 2014

Sea Star Wasting Syndrome Strikes Oregon’s Central Coast

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s scientific dive team discovered that sea star wasting syndrome, a fatal condition that has plagued sea stars and puzzled scientists, has arrived on Oregon’s central coast. This research team has searched for the syndrome in the subtidal zones of Oregon’s central coast since January, and sent their observations to researchers at University of Califor... more

April 25, 2014

Press Advisory: Ocean Steward Lunch, May 6

Newport, Oregon—Leading Oregon thinkers and philanthropists will gather at the Portland-based NW Natural Headquarters on Tuesday, May 6, for the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s annual Ocean Steward Lunch. The exclusive annual event connects the greater Portland community with the Aquarium to highlight its mission to inspire the public to better understand, cherish and conserve marine and coastal ecosys... more

April 24, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium hosts Bird Blitz Celebration for International Migratory Bird Day

Newport, Oregon—Bird enthusiasts from throughout the state will flock to the Oregon Coast Aquarium for International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 10. The Aquarium’s Seabird Aviary and Turkey Vulture Habitat will feature special presentations and public question and answer sessions with the aviculturists that care for the Aquarium’s bird population. Information about birds and their ro... more

April 15, 2014

Oregon Department of Education Awards $664,000 to Support STEM Education on the Oregon Coast

Newport, Oregon—Cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education will benefit kindergarten through community college classrooms next year thanks to a new grant that supports teachers and students along the Oregon coast. The Oregon Department of Education announced the $664,000 award on February 25. The grant supports the development of the Oregon Coast STEM Hub that w... more

April 09, 2014

Nuka the Sea Otter Pup Makes his Debut at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon—Nuka the sea otter pup seemed too busy splashing about with his exhibit-mate Schuster to notice his new surroundings as he swam into the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Sea Otter Exhibit Tuesday morning, and that is exactly what the Aquarium’s mammalogists hoped for. “This introduction was perfect; everything went as expected,” said Ken Lytwyn, Curator of Marine Mammals. “I’m really ha... more

April 08, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium Buzzes to Life for Earth Day Celebration

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium will be brimming with eco-friendly educational opportunities for visitors on Saturday, April 26 in honor of Earth Day. The Aquarium hopes the annual one-day event will inspire visitors to become conscious consumers. Earth Day at the Aquarium will feature a live bee hive from Nectar Bee Supply to help teach visitors about the importance of pollinator... more