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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

June 24, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium Opens Its Doors to Lincoln County Hospitality Workers

Newport, Oregon— The Oregon Coast Aquarium will thank Lincoln County restaurant, lodging and gas station employees with free admission from Wednesday, June 25 through Wednesday, July 2. Hospitality employees that wish to take advantage of the offer will be asked to provide proof of employment with a recent pay stub. Those unsure if their place of employment qualifies for the program may contact... more

June 13, 2014

Over One Hundred Divers Plunge into the Aquarium’s Exhibits

Newport, Oregon—Ed Feil is new to SCUBA diving but already addicted to the sport. The rookie from Pleasant Hill earned his open-water dive certification, the first tier of accreditation for divers, in the still waters of Lake Waohink outside Florence, Oregon. He is ready to take the plunge in the cloudy, cold challenging conditions of the Pacific Northwest ocean, but first needs the gear to do ... more

June 10, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Rescued Otter Pup Pops with Personality

Newport, Oregon—Oswald the sea otter pup, whose move to Oregon made a big splash despite his diminutive size last month, is settling in swimmingly at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. “He is a hearty eater and has plenty of personality quirks that keep us busy,” said Curator of Marine Mammals Ken Lytwyn. Oswald frequently squeals with anticipation before training sessions, a behavior the Aquarium’s tr... more