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July 31, 2013

Oregon Coast Aquarium Makes a Splash for Shark Conservation Week

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium will make a splash during Shark Conservation Week on August 10-18. Programs are designed to teach visitors of all ages about sharks from teeth to tail and the impacts humans have on these marine predators. Activities include opportunities to touch shark skin and teeth, a bat ray dissection and presentations from scientists, authors and artists. • The... more

July 26, 2013

Oregon Coast Aquarium Bids Farewell to Beloved Harbor Seal

Newport, Oregon— One of the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Harbor seals was discovered unresponsive when staff arrived at the marine mammal holding facility on Wednesday, July 17. The seal was born at Point Defiance Zoo on July 15, 1979 and came to the Aquarium when it opened in 1992. At 34 years, the seal was exceptionally old for her species, which typically live less than 20 years in the wild. “... more

July 05, 2013

4th of July Weekend at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon— What’s cool on 4th of July weekend? Red, White and Water! The Oregon Coast Aquarium will be open every day this summer from 9:00 a.m. - 6 p.m. inviting its visitors dive into the underwater world. New this summer, the Aquarium hosts a Turkey Vulture Chat every day at 12:30 p.m. Guests are also encouraged to attend the sea otter and sea lion feeding presentations that are featur... more

June 27, 2013

Horned Puffins Stretch Their Wings at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon— A new species of the feathered kind debuted at the Oregon Coast Aquarium early Tuesday morning when three horned puffins waddled out of their carrier into the Seabird Aviary. This is the first time the Aquarium has exhibited horned puffins, known as Fratercula corniculata in the scientific community. These birds needed a home after a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service seizure, ... more

June 20, 2013

Youth Volunteers Start a Summer of Science at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon— School is out and for 25 teens this marks the beginning of a summer submersed in marine science. As youth volunteers for the Oregon Coast Aquarium, they will enhance visitor experiences by sharing what they are learning as interpretive naturalists. Teresa Mealy, the Aquarium’s Youth Program Coordinator said, “The Youth Program provides a great experience for students to lear... more

June 11, 2013

Oregon Coast Aquarium Cleans Up Yaquina Bay for World Oceans Day

Newport, Oregon— Oregon Coast Aquarium staff and volunteer divers had a trashy afternoon on Saturday, June 8 when they plunged into Yaquina Bay to clean up the underwater landscape surrounding Port Dock 1 on Newport’s Historic Bayfront. The divers worked in shifts over the course of the afternoon to haul marine debris out of the water. By the time they climbed back on deck and pulled off their ... more

Oregon Coast Aquarium Launches the Ferry Slip Café

Newport, Oregon— Next time your stomach starts to growl from watching the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s sea otters, puffins, seals and sea lions enjoy restaurant quality seafood, you will not need to wander far to satisfy your appetite. The Ferry Slip Café opened at the Aquarium this May to offer a variety of tasty options for Aquarium visitors and the public to enjoy. Purchasing Aquarium admission... more

Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Diving Department Wins National Recognition

Newport, Oregon— Home to the “Best shore dive on the Oregon coast,” it seems natural that the Oregon Coast Aquarium earned the honor of hosting the 2013 Our World Underwater Scholarship Society and American Academy of Scientific Diving intern. The intern, Teresa Tymon, is a recent marine science graduate with an emphasis in biological oceanography from the University of South Carolina. She bri... more

Springtime Hatches in Yaquina Bay and the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon— If you wander through the Sandy Shores gallery at the Oregon Coast Aquarium this spring, make a point to peer carefully at the close-up exhibits. An exhibit that, at first, seems to only house underwater grasses, upon close inspection reveals juvenile English soles, penpoint gunnels, sculpins and hermit crabs. This nursery on display is designed to simulate the eel grass beds... more

Aquarium Kicks Off Summer with Radio Disney and Flippers, Fins & Feathers 5k

Newport, Oregon— The Oregon Coast Aquarium will dive into summer head first with an action packed Memorial Day weekend for the whole family to enjoy. The fun begins early with the Flippers, Fins and Feathers 5k at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25. Racers will enjoy a walk or run along the estuary and through the Aquarium to the finish line. Upon finishing the racers will receive free entry to th... more