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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

October 22, 2014

Aquarium Divers See Hope in Juvenile Stars

Newport, Oregon—Divers in the Pacific Northwest faced a gruesome landscape of over the past few months. Sea stars, stricken with a wasting syndrome whose cause has puzzled scientists across the globe, were disintegrating arm by arm into pale piles of gelatinous goo. A glimmer of hope appeared on Florence’s North Jetty this month in the form of juvenile stars. Aquarium volunteer science diver,... more

October 09, 2014

Zombie Apocalypse to Strike Aquarium during Creatures of the Night

Newport, Oregon— Teeth-gnashing zombies will terrorize Oregon Coast Aquarium visitors the night of Saturday, October 25, when the annual Halloween celebration, Creatures of the Night, invades the Newport-based attraction. This 4-acre passage of nightmares will frighten and delight visitors that embrace the spirit of Halloween from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Aquarium hosts the annual event to rai... more

October 07, 2014

Oyster Cloyster

Newport, Oregon—Oh shucks, seasons are changing on the Oregon coast. As fall storms begin to roll back into Newport two local nonprofits have devised a way to brighten the impending season. Chefs will shuck and corks will pop on Saturday, November 1, when the Oregon Coast Aquarium opens its doors for the 14th annual Oyster Cloyster presented by Chinook Winds Casino Resort and Pacific Seafood. ... more

October 02, 2014

The Lost Fish Finds its Way to Newport

Newport, Oregon—The Lost Fish, a documentary about several Northwest tribes’ efforts to save the Pacific lamprey in the Colombia River Basin, will screen in Newport on Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. The Pacific lamprey has wormed its eel-like body through Earth’s waters for over 400 million years. The species survived mass extinctions, but slipped through the cracks of modern conservation ef... more

September 22, 2014

Aquarium Divers Conducted Submarine Science for Oregon Marine Reserve Managers

Newport, Oregon—Over half a dozen divers plunged into a cold water reef near Port Orford on the southern Oregon coast in early September. Sustained winds were just six miles per hour, creating relatively calm boating and dive conditions for these seasoned divers. With slates and cameras in hand, they swam through surge that pitched them back and forth as far as 5 meters, carefully identifying a... more