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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

July 11, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium Recognized as One of the Best in the Country

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium once again received national recognition this week when a popular travel magazine ranked the Newport-based attraction as one of the top aquariums in the nation. The Aquarium was acknowledged along with 11 other facilities, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Georgia Aquarium, in’s list of the 12 best aquariums in the... more

July 09, 2014

Tuna Fisheries Day Splashes into the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon—The word “tuna” conjures images of a canned pantry staple, delicate sashimi over rice, or locally, fish and chips. Tuna is an important part of many peoples’ diets, but few consider the fish behind the food. The Oregon Coast Aquarium will help visitors take a bite into the story behind this keystone creature during Tuna Fisheries Day on Wednesday, July 23. The Aquarium will cr... more

June 26, 2014

Diving for Science wins Emmy

Newport, Oregon—Diving for Science, an Oregon Field Guide program featuring Oregon Coast Aquarium researchers and aquarists in the open waters off the Oregon coast, was honored this month with a Northwest Regional Emmy. The project, which was three years in the making, was the one of the most difficult, challenging stories the team has worked on according to Vince Patton, an Oregon Field Guid... more

June 25, 2014

Aquarium Launches Close Encounter Campaign and Summer Sweepstakes

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium kicked off its new campaign, Closer Than You Think, last week to capture the attention of Oregon residents and visitors with surreal scenes of marine life in domestic settings. The very idea of exploring marine environments from dry land was unattainable just a few short decades ago. Closer Than You Think calls attention to how closely visitors can co... more