News & Announcements

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December 07, 2009

Angel Unites Rivals, Warms Hearts

A 13 year-old girl named Angel Wilson did something few can do; brought the Ducks and Beavers together. She can’t walk or talk, but her laughter united rival Oregon teams before the Civil War game. Angel was born with cerebral palsy. Her father, Billy Wilson, noticed how something about her changed every time she saw the Ducks play on TV. “Every time they came on TV she would begin to smile an... more

December 01, 2009

Two Stranded Sea Turtles Being Rehabilitated At Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s effort to rehabilitate two stranded sea turtles continues, with improvement in both turtles, found on different beaches last November. An Olive Ridley sea turtle was found stranded on Agate Beach in Newport and a Green sea turtle was discovered on the southern Washington coast. The turtles, both females, were transported to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, which is designa... more

November 24, 2009

Ocean Literacy Is Goal For New Aquarium School Liaison

Chicago native Rachael Goetzelman has been chosen as the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s School Liaison Partnership Coordinator, a new position created to assist teachers with bringing marine science into their classrooms. Goetzelman was hired by the Oregon Coast Aquarium and is working closely with project partners, Oregon Sea Grant and the Lincoln County School District. “My mission is to enable teac... more

November 17, 2009

Celebrate The Holidays At The Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will be decked out for the holidays surrounded by a sea of twinkling lights and offering unique gift ideas. The 17th Annual Sea of Lights is a festive holiday celebration Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm both evenings. A tradition for many families, visitors come from all over the region during the holiday season to visit the Aquarium, shop an... more

October 31, 2009

Meet Ichabod And Olive, The Aquarium's New Turkey Vultures!

The Oregon Coast Aquarium introduced two 18 month-old turkey vultures to their new permanent home Friday morning. The introduction went without a hitch under light rain as CJ McCarty, Aquarium Curator of Birds carried them on her glove to their newly constructed aviary. Today the names, “Ichabod” and “Olive” were selected from public entries in a “Name the Turkey Vulture” contest. The turkey vu... more

October 26, 2009

Aquarium Hosts The Halloween Harvest Festival

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is doing something a little different this fall. Instead of the annual Creatures of the Night celebration, normally held the Saturday before Halloween, it will host a week long Halloween Harvest Festival celebration, partnering with the Newport News-Times. The festival, held October 25 – 31, will celebrate the bounty of the fall season with the goal of collecting food ... more

October 14, 2009

Aquarium Invites You To Name That Turkey Vulture!

The Oregon Coast Aquarium constructed a new aviary for some unusual new inhabitants and is asking for public input on naming them. The new Turkey Vulture exhibit will open at the Aquarium October 30, and a turkey vulture naming contest is being held to select names for the birds. The Aquarium’s aviculturists will choose two names from public entries, for the two rescued and rehabilitated birds,... more

August 24, 2009

Sea Lions Make Art At The Oregon Coast Aquarium!

Original art has become a regular feature at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, with a new exhibit opening annually near the shark tunnel in the exhibit, Passages of the Deep. Recently, however, an unusual art form has found its way to the Aquarium and the artists are even more unique. Colorful paintings and flipper prints by artists Max and Lea, two California sea lions, have been published in the new... more

August 18, 2009

Make Plans To Join Us For The Jellyfish Jubilee September 19!

Last year the Oregon Coast Aquarium hosted the inaugural Jellyfish Jubilee; a Celebration of Food and Wine, benefitting Aquarium exhibits, conservation and education. The event was a smashing success and the 2nd Annual event is taking shape to be better than ever, slated for September 19, 2009 at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.The Jellyfish Jubilee is a feast for all the senses offering an evening o... more

August 13, 2009

Aquarium Announces New President

The Oregon Coast Aquarium announces the appointment of Gary Gamer as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Gamer, who currently resides in Eugene, Oregon, will begin his new position September 8. Gamer brings approximately 25 years of leadership experience with statewide, national and international nonprofit organizations.  This includes serving as President and CEO of Holt Intern... more