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March 24, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium Adopts Stranded Sea Otter Pup

Newport, Oregon—Staff at the Oregon Coast Aquarium are delighted to announce that there will be an adorable new addition in the Sea Otter Exhibit this spring. A northern sea otter pup, Enhydra lutris kenyonim, was discovered alone on a beach in Kodiak, Alaska early last summer. Sea otter pups are helpless when they are born and require constant attention from their mothers. These baby marine ... more

March 03, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium Extends Hours for Spring Break Visitors

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium will expand its hours, opening its doors from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to accommodate travelers that will visit the coast over the spring break holiday from March 22 through March 30. Guests that wish to connect with the Aquarium’s animals may shake suckers with a giant Pacific octopus or share a whiskery smooch with a seal or sea lion. Animal encounte... more

February 12, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium Invites Marine Science Enthusiasts to Volunteer

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium invites teenagers, age 13 and up, and adults of all ages to join its team for the spring Volunteer Training Program, which begins April 5. During the six week training course, teen and adult volunteers develop in-depth knowledge about the marine life endemic to the Pacific Northwest. To ensure that each volunteer receives training and assignments th... more

February 10, 2014

Pucker Up for an Unforgettable Valentine’s Day at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon— The Oregon Coast Aquarium invites its visitors to seal this Valentine’s Day in their memories with a whiskery kiss. The Aquarium’s seals and sea lions will pucker up for special, discounted encounters in honor of Valentine’s Day on February 14, 15 and 16. Participants may delight in experiencing a sign of affection from such unique, charismatic animals; but sea lion smooches ... more

January 13, 2014

Oceanscape Network Encourages Teens to Take Technology Outdoors

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium launched the Oceanscape Network on Monday as a new online resource for teenagers and teachers to explore the coast’s natural wonders, whether from confines of an inland classroom or one of Oregon’s windswept beaches. The Oceanscape Network is designed to bring what the coast has to offer in natural science education to urban centers and inland communi... more

December 13, 2013

Oregon Coast Aquarium Claws into Crab Facts and Fun for Crab Fishery Day

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium will scuttle into crab facts and fun for its visitors in honor of Crab Fishery Day on December 30. Aquarium staff will host interactive crab-themed activities for all visitors to enjoy. The animal keepers that care for the Aquarium’s fishes and invertebrates, known as aquarists, will host a lunch crab style, providing visitors with an opportunity to se... more

December 04, 2013

Oregon Coast Aquarium Spreads Holiday Cheer Above and Under the Sea

Newport, Oregon—A celebration of the holiday season will be on show at the Oregon Coast Aquarium for Sea of Lights starting Friday, December 6, and then on every Saturday and Sunday in December. The Aquarium will immerse visitors with holiday cheer amidst the festive glow of the largest holiday lights display on Oregon’s central coast and pictures with Santa. Under the sea, Submerged Santa wil... more

November 25, 2013

Oregon Coast Aquarium Serves Up Black Friday Sale and Fun with Animals for Thanksgiving Weekend

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium will serve up a Black Friday sale in the Aquarium’s gift shop on the Friday and Saturday following the Thanksgiving holiday. Select items will be discounted by as much as 70 percent. Customers that purchase $50 or more of merchandise will receive a complimentary holiday tree ornament while supplies last. The Aquarium’s animal keeper staff will treat... more

November 12, 2013

Sea of Lights Illuminates the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s grounds will alight and exhibits will shimmer during the Sea of Lights celebration this holiday season. This family-friendly event kicks off with live holiday music and an opportunity to meet Santa in his workshop on December 6 and 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thousands of colorful twinkling lights and holiday decorations will surround visitors with the... more

November 06, 2013

Spirit Mountain Community Fund Grants $25,000 to the Oregon Coast Aquarium

 Newport, Oregon—The Spirit Mountain Community Fund granted a $25,000 gift to sustain and improve the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s facility, exhibits and education programs. Carrie Lewis, CEO/President of the Aquarium, said, “We are grateful to the Spirit Mountain Community Fund for their generous support of the Aquarium. The staff of the Aquarium also appreciate the Fund’s flexibility in allo... more