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January 06, 2015

Solstice the Turtle Swims Toward Recovery

Newport, Oregon—Solstice the turtle flapped her flippers in water over the weekend. This should be business as usual for an olive ridley turtle, but for Solstice it is a significant milestone in her journey toward recovery. Solstice arrived at the Oregon Coast Aquarium hypothermic, dehydrated and emaciated on December 22. The sub-adult turtle had ventured far from the warm temperate waters of... more

December 30, 2014

Stranded Sea Turtle warms up at Aquarium

Newport, Oregon— One week into her rehabilitation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, “Solstice” a distressed olive ridley turtle, is showing slight signs of improvement. Solstice, whose stranding coincided with the winter solstice, was found hypothermic and dehydrated on a beach in Oysterville, Washington. Her location alone indicated something was amiss, as the Pacific Northwest has much colder wa... more

December 29, 2014

Aquarium’s Sea & Me Exhibit Ships out Soon

Newport, Oregon—Catch it while you can, the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Sea & Me exhibit will sail away on January 5. Visitors have just one more week to take a final drive in the yellow submarine, watch seahorses tail wrestle, and stroll over cichlids. The Sea & Me has been a popular fixture with young families and school groups during its three year tenure. Its interactive displays were d... more

December 18, 2014

Celebrate the Season, Aquarium Style

Newport, Oregon— Animals at the Oregon Coast Aquarium will enjoy a very merry “fishmas” and a happy new year thanks to the thousands of members and visitors that support the highest rated aquarium in the state. How do animals at the Aquarium celebrate the holiday season? With enrichment! Enrichment is what those in the animal care industry call toys, training and other carefully orchestrated e... more

December 11, 2014

Aquarium Claws into Crab Fisheries Day

Newport, Oregon—A hand-clapping, claw-snapping good time will scuttle into the Oregon Coast Aquarium on December 29 for Crab Fisheries Day. It’s no secret that the folks at the Aquarium love crabs. They even dedicated a special exhibit, complete with a theme song, about the clawed crustaceans a few years ago. This annual event gives the Aquarium’s crew an opportunity to serve up an in-depth lo... more

December 08, 2014

Drifters to Dazzle Preschoolers at Aquarium Program

Newport, Oregon—Not all animals that live in the ocean swim, many navigate their watery world by passively drifting. Despite their spineless and sometimes brainless states, these animals are truly dazzling. Young children and their families will have a chance to peer into the world of jellies and tiny, bioluminescent plankton at the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Aquatots program on Wednesday, Decemb... more

November 25, 2014

Aquarium Serves up Memorable Moments and Sales for Thanksgiving Weekend

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium invites visitors to gobble up special experiences in its exhibits and savings in its gift shops over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Black Friday and Saturday discounts in the gift shops include a 20 percent discount on all items on Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29. As always, admission to the Aquarium is not required to browse the gift ... more

November 20, 2014

Pelican Dreams Soars to Screening at Aquarium

Newport, Oregon—Pelican Dreams, an eloquent and beautifully photographed documentary about big-billed seabirds, will land in Newport this December at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Gigi, a 4-month-old pelican landed on Golden Gate Bridge in 2008 with no interest in taking to the sky again. From that moment, Pelican Dreams takes flight. The artfully-presented documentary follows Gigi’s and another... more

November 19, 2014

Aquarium to Sparkle with an Ocean of Holiday Cheer

Newport, Oregon—Holiday festivities will brighten Newport’s gray winter above and under the sea when the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s grounds and exhibits twinkle with holiday cheer during the annual Sea of Lights celebration this December. Over half a million colorful lights and holiday decorations will surround visitors with the spirit of the season as they explore the Aquarium after hours. Sant... more

November 06, 2014

Aquarium Honors Veterans with Free Admission

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium will honor veterans and active duty military personnel with free admission to an ocean of coastal and marine discovery on Veterans Day. As always, family members who accompany them to the Aquarium are eligible for a 10 percent discount. Families of active duty military personnel are also eligible for the discount, even if the person serving is not pre... more