News & Announcements

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June 19, 2007

Aquarium Adds Five Sharks To Passages Of The Deep

The broad nose seven gills, all over six feet long, were collected from Willapa Bay The Oregon Coast Aquarium will add five large, healthy specimens to its most popular exhibit next week. The Oregon Coast Aquarium will introduce five Notorynchus cepedianus, also known as broad nose seven gill sharks, to its Passages of the Deep exhibit. The sharks were caught in three separate trips to Will... more

June 18, 2007

Nickelodeon's Spongebob Squarepants To Visit Aquarium

The popular television cartoon character comes to the Aquarium July 7 The Oregon Coast Aquarium will host the popular Nickelodeon TV Network cartoon character, SpongeBob SquarePants Saturday, July 7 from 1 to 4 pm. The day’s events will feature the opportunity to have their photo taken with Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the most popular... more

May 21, 2007

Japanese Spider Crabs Arrive At Aquarium

Despite their appearance, the crabs are docile Some new guests joined the Claws exhibit at the Oregon Coast Aquarium May 25. A group of Macrocheira kaempferi, also known as Japanese Spider Crabs were flown in from Tokyo, Japan to Portland where they cleared US Customs and an inspection by USF&W before they were driven to Newport by Aquarium staff. “We’re keeping things interesting dur... more

May 16, 2007

World Ocean Day Poster Contest

Oregon Coast Aquarium, HMSC and Sea Grant partner on the contest The Oregon Coast Aquarium, Hatfield Marine Science Center and Oregon Sea Grant are collaborating on a poster contest, with awards and recognition for all participants to be awarded at HMSC’s SeaFest Saturday, June 23. Students from kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to participate in the contest, with each grade categor... more

April 20, 2007

"In Search Of Giant Squid" To Open Memorial Day Weekend

The Smithsonian traveling exhibition sheds light on the mysterious giant squid A new traveling exhibition, based on the popular permanent exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, opened at the Oregon Coast Aquarium May 26. “In Search of Giant Squid,” which features a giant squid beak and suckers, will examine the myths and legends that surround giant squid and comp... more

April 15, 2007

"Thank You, Lincoln County!" 3rd Annual Hospitality Days

May is for hospitality employees at the Oregon Coast Aquarium The Oregon Coast Aquarium thanks Lincoln County hospitality employees with free admission to the Aquarium during the third annual Hospitality Days. The Aquarium says, “thank you” to all of Lincoln County’s hospitality employees from May 1st through May 25th, as hospitality employees receive free admission to the Aquarium. Front li... more

April 02, 2007

Aquarium Divers Clean Up Yaquina Bay

Divers team up with SOLV and Thompson’s Sanitary for the annual cleanup The Oregon Coast Aquarium is again teaming up with SOLV and Thompson’s Sanitary for the annual week-long effort to clean up Yaquina Bay. Volunteer walkers are also needed to help clean up the tide line of Yaquina Bay, through Earth Day, April 22 and the following week. Last year the annual cleanup brought in over 3,000 p... more

March 10, 2007

Aquarium To Host Mothers' Day Weekend Garden Festival

The weekend will offer organic gardening resources, garden art and festivities both days The Oregon Coast Aquarium is presenting a special two day Mother’s Day Weekend event to honor mothers and mother earth, May 12 and 13 from 10 am to 5 pm. The celebration will offer a wealth of information about gardening and landscaping, displays by local nurseries, artisan booths, guest speakers, childr... more

February 22, 2007

Spring Break Discoveries Abound

Camps, animal encounters and sleepovers offer a chance to learn and connect with nature The Oregon Coast Aquarium will offer educational activities for all ages during spring break and the entire month of March. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to enjoy themselves at the beach while learning about marine science and having fun with other children. Our educators are exceptionally gift... more

February 13, 2007

Aquarium Youth Volunteers Help With Marine Research

Field work is a crucial component to studying marine science Oregon Coast Aquarium youth volunteers have been busy in the last year with projects that fulfill their roles as citizen scientists. In December, four youth volunteers traveled to Washington D.C. and presented to senior Bush administration officials a project titled Rockfish Bycatch; An In Depth Study, which tackled problems like ... more