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May 05, 2014

Sea Star Wasting Syndrome Strikes Oregon’s Central Coast

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s scientific dive team discovered that sea star wasting syndrome, a fatal condition that has plagued sea stars and puzzled scientists, has arrived on Oregon’s central coast. This research team has searched for the syndrome in the subtidal zones of Oregon’s central coast since January, and sent their observations to researchers at University of Califor... more

April 25, 2014

Press Advisory: Ocean Steward Lunch, May 6

Newport, Oregon—Leading Oregon thinkers and philanthropists will gather at the Portland-based NW Natural Headquarters on Tuesday, May 6, for the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s annual Ocean Steward Lunch. The exclusive annual event connects the greater Portland community with the Aquarium to highlight its mission to inspire the public to better understand, cherish and conserve marine and coastal ecosys... more

April 24, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium hosts Bird Blitz Celebration for International Migratory Bird Day

Newport, Oregon—Bird enthusiasts from throughout the state will flock to the Oregon Coast Aquarium for International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 10. The Aquarium’s Seabird Aviary and Turkey Vulture Habitat will feature special presentations and public question and answer sessions with the aviculturists that care for the Aquarium’s bird population. Information about birds and their ro... more

April 15, 2014

Oregon Department of Education Awards $664,000 to Support STEM Education on the Oregon Coast

Newport, Oregon—Cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education will benefit kindergarten through community college classrooms next year thanks to a new grant that supports teachers and students along the Oregon coast. The Oregon Department of Education announced the $664,000 award on February 25. The grant supports the development of the Oregon Coast STEM Hub that w... more

April 09, 2014

Nuka the Sea Otter Pup Makes his Debut at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon—Nuka the sea otter pup seemed too busy splashing about with his exhibit-mate Schuster to notice his new surroundings as he swam into the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Sea Otter Exhibit Tuesday morning, and that is exactly what the Aquarium’s mammalogists hoped for. “This introduction was perfect; everything went as expected,” said Ken Lytwyn, Curator of Marine Mammals. “I’m really ha... more

April 08, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium Buzzes to Life for Earth Day Celebration

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium will be brimming with eco-friendly educational opportunities for visitors on Saturday, April 26 in honor of Earth Day. The Aquarium hopes the annual one-day event will inspire visitors to become conscious consumers. Earth Day at the Aquarium will feature a live bee hive from Nectar Bee Supply to help teach visitors about the importance of pollinator... more

April 04, 2014

Dash into Summer with the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Flippers, Feathers & Fins 5K

Newport, Oregon— The Oregon Coast Aquarium invites runners and walkers of all ages to flock to Newport for the Flippers, Feathers and Fins 5K on Saturday, May 17 at 8:00 a.m. The Aquarium organized the Flippers, Feathers and Fins 5K to promote healthy living on the Oregon coast. All race proceeds benefit the animal care and marine science education programs at the Aquarium. Starting off at th... more

April 03, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium Named “Best Family Entertainment” by News Times Readers

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium was honored by Lincoln County residents this spring when they named the attraction the “Best Family Entertainment” in the Newport News Times Readers’ Choice Awards. Hundreds of locals cast their votes on a wide array of topics. According to News Times staff, the annual survey is organized by the News Times to recognize different organizations and peop... more

April 02, 2014

Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Sea Otter Pup Masters Training by Leaps and Bounds

Newport, Oregon—Nuka, the northern sea otter pup that made headlines last week when the Oregon Coast Aquarium announced he had passed quarantine and was settling into his new home behind the scenes, crossed another milestone in his journey to the Aquarium’s Sea Otter Exhibit today. Nuka has been busy for the past month learning how to behave with trainers before he moves to the Sea Otter Exhi... more

April Fool’s, Friends!

If you haven’t caught on yet, the story about four high school students finding a strange animal in the forest of the coastal mountains was completely fictional. The April Fool’s prank was the brainchild of 15-year-old Oceanscape Network volunteer, Jake K. An aspiring filmmaker, Jake approached the Network with the idea late last year. He recruited three friends to play themselves in a sce... more