Carrie Newell knew since she was 7 years old she wanted to be a marine biologist. Today, she teaches marine biology at Lane Community College, conducts whale watching tours and this weekend opened Depoe Bay’s new Whale, Sea Life and Shark Museum in downtown Depoe Bay, just south of the bridge.
Her new museum opened its doors Saturday to the public who learned about specific species of whales, sharks, seabirds, seals, sea lions, crustaceans and other critters of the deep. Large, well lit displays tantalize the eye as well as the mind with clearly written information about what you’re looking at and how it fits into the grand scheme of our world’s oceans. Especially right off our Oregon Coast.
Owner Carrie Newell, caught in photo #4 (in black) smiling at the camera, said it was an outgrowth of her successful whale watching business which always produces more customer questions about the sea than she has the opportunity to answer. So, the museum is her way of answering those questions. Visitors can wander about, drinking in the sights and ambiance of the ocean, which in one case emanate from a flat screen in the museum’s Sea Life Theater. Various DVD’s are featured that cover specific aspects of the open sea. Some are even for sale along with informational books Carrie has authored about whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, sea otters, seabirds and shorebirds.
Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $3 for kids. The museum is open seven days a week from 9am-5pm and is managed by retired state park ranger Morris Grover, a well known whale watching educator in Depoe Bay.
Carrie Newell also runs a busy whale watching and research operation from Dock 3 inside the Depoe Bay Harbor using a fleet of quick and nimble Zodiacs as well as a sailing craft. For more information visit her website at OregonWhales.com