Soupfin Shark rescued on Seaside Beach didn’t make it through the night….

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Jul 192012

The Soupfin Shark that was found on the beach near Seaside yesterday and was taken quickly to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in an effort to save its life has died. It didn’t make it through the night despite a valiant effort by aquarium staff. An aquarium staffer told News Lincoln County that it had simply been out of the water too long for its body to recover. Here’s the original story as it appeared on KGW News Channel 8.

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Rescued Green Sea Turtle appears to be recovering at Oregon Coast Aquarium

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Jun 262012

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This stranded Green Sea Turtle was discovered lying on the sand at Moolack Beach, north of Newport, OR over the weekend. It was rescued by Oregon’s Stranded Marine Mammal program and was immediately brought to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport for rehydration and rehabilitation. It’s believed that this turtle, which is common in tropical waters, may have been in a small area of warm water that became surrounded by colder water pushing it toward the Oregon Coast. Once the tropical water “bubble” dissipated, the turtle went into a kind of hypothermic shock which produced a hibernative state. It was washed up on the beach a few miles north of Newport. Although appearing comatose to its rescuers, it appears to be making a remarkable recovery thanks to the expert care it is getting at the Oregon Coast Aquarium staff.

Once it reaches a certain level of recovery, it could be eligible for re-release into the ocean – the TROPICAL OCEAN from where it came.

Oregon Coast Aquarium: A summer of fun and learning for young people

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Jun 032012

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is one of Oregon’s star attractions for ocean education, family learning and appreciation of our world’s oceans and how to keep them healthy. There are always special programs for the public to widen public knowledge about the Earth’s 7 seas and what mankind can do to nurture and conserve them. Here’s a few activities offered by the Aquarium, at

Young people needed for Oceanscape Network. Click here.

Aquarium Adventures for the whole family. Click here.

The Sea & Me exhibit for youngsters age 4-10. Click here.

Oregon Coast Aquarium: World Oceans Day

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Jun 012012

View of Otter Rock from Foulweather

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The Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate World Oceans Day Tuesday, June 8, with activities and information about ocean conservation. This year’s theme, Youth: the Next Wave for Change, encourages people to reach out to youth in the community to inspire stewardship of our oceans. On World Oceans Day, people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water that links all of us, for its beauty and bounty. The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network have promoted and coordinated the growing global celebration since 2002.

The oceans are essential to food security and the health and survival of all life, power our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will offer a day of ocean inspired games and activities with Dr. Seuss’s legendary One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, including;
· World Oceans Day activities for kids
· FREE Dr. Seuss surprises (while supplies last)
· Information about how to be a steward of our seas and oceans
· An inspirational day for the entire family
· Animal keeper talks
· Dive presentations

The world’s ocean:
· Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
· Helps feed us
· Regulates our climate
· Cleans the water we drink
· Offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines
· Provides limitless inspiration!

World Oceans Day encourages people to:
·Change perspective – encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.
·Learn – discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
·Change our ways – we are all linked to, and through, the ocean! By taking care of your backyard, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will greatly benefit our blue planet.

Celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast we are all connected to the ocean; take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our world ocean.

Oregon Coast Aquarium: The Sea and Me for kids opens this weekend

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May 272012

The Sea and Me – Oregon Coast Aquarium

This weekend launches the all new oceanographic exhibit aimed right at 4 to 10 year olds who would be excited to learn more about the ocean and all the critters that dwell in it. The exhibit was a long time in creating and will be a long time in running. He’re the details from the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s website. Click here.

New Exhibit at Oregon Coast Aquarium

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May 172012

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The Aquarium Celebrates 20 years with the Opening of “The Sea & Me” May 26
The new children’s Interactive exhibit is designed for groups and families

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will open “The Sea & Me,” a new children’s interactive exhibit, amid Memorial Day weekend festivities, May 26-28. The opening coincides with the Aquarium’s 20th anniversary and the beginning of summer hours, 9 am to 6 pm, through Labor Day weekend. Opening weekend will include a performance by Radio Disney, face painting, a children’s craft, behind the scenes tours, Sea & Me giveaways, sea lion kisses, sea lion encounters and interpretive dives.

The Sea & Me is designed to be fun and imaginative, based on a model used by children’s museums, offering play experiences that are appropriate for children 4 to 10 years old, but older kids also will find the interactive discoveries quite enjoyable. The Sea & Me invites curiosity and promotes cooperation within groups, while encouraging discovery and understanding of the habitats of marine and freshwater animals. Continue reading »

Oregon Coast Aquarium: Calling All Divers!!

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May 112012

Swimming with the sharks!

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering a unique opportunity for divers to participate in a new pilot guest dive program this summer. The first dive is scheduled Sunday, May 27, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. The program includes a chance to dive with Aquarium sharks and other fishes under the supervision of Aquarium dive guides. There will be more dives scheduled during the summer with dates and details available on the Aquarium website.

The Guest Dive Experience includes:
§ A dive in 26 foot deep Halibut Flats Exhibit surrounded by rockfish, halibut, skates and sturgeon
§ A dive to the observation ledge of the Open Sea exhibit with dozens of sharks, including Broadnose Sevengill sharks, that are up to 10 feet in length
§ Aquarium Admission Entry Pass
§ A full cylinder of air
§ Weights as needed
§ Fish identification training session
§ A behind the scenes tour of Passages of the Deep
§ A photograph

“The opportunity to immerse our visitors in the exhibits with our animals is absolutely magic,” said Vallorie Hodges, Aquarium Dive Safety Officer and coordinator of the event. “Few other experiences compare with being in the water with huge halibut, ling cod, bat rays and hundreds of other fish. Seeing sharks from the inside the tunnel is amazing, but having them swim past you just a few feet away is thrilling!” Hodges said coming face to face with a gentle giant sturgeon is awe-inspiring.

Divers will also get a chance to explore the simulated shipwreck in the Halibut Flats exhibit, swim through the kelp and become a part of the Aquarium dive show as visitors in the tunnel watch them and take photos. “It’s really a very special moment,” said Hodges. “This is the feeling we want our guest divers to have, that each of us can make a difference when we become inspired to cherish and conserve this blue planet. The more connected we become with the marine ecosystem, the more we are compelled to protect it.”

The cost of the program is $139 per person for Aquarium members or $149 for non-members.

To participate in the guest diving program, divers must hold and present at check-in a valid SCUBA Certification card from a recognized agency and have no medical contraindications to SCUBA diving. Participants will need to provide their own dive gear except cylinder and weights.

Additional dive dates will be scheduled over summer, and reservations are required. Private or semi-private sessions may also be scheduled upon request.

For additional program dates, information and reservations, visit, email or call Eugene Skin Divers Supply at (541) 342-3451.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. For more information, visit the Aquarium’s Web site at or call (541) 867-FISH.

New sea otter at Oregon Coast Aquarium: First day on the job!

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May 082012

Oregon Coast Aquarium (OCA) is celebrating the arrival of the newest member of its sea going family; Sea Otter #564. It’s a cute little male whose mother was eaten by a shark off Morro Bay off the central California coast. The pup was wounded in the attack. It was transported to the Monterey Bay Aquarium where it was rehabilitated. Efforts to isolate the otter pup to allow it to return to the wild were foiled when it was determined that the pup was too old to be nursed by a surrogate mother program at the facility. So, it went up for adoption. And the Oregon Coast Aquarium was the successful adopter.

The pup arrived at the OCA in late February and has been undergoing training. The pup has been introduced to its new family of otters, all three of them. They’ve been getting along very well, according to OCA’s Cindy Hanson who adds that the other otters are showing by example, how to forage for food, groom, dive and crack clams.

OCA Curator of Mammals Ken Lytwyn said “We’re very excited to have this new otter joining us at the aquarium. He’s one that would not have made it out in the wild and I’d like to thank everyone who made his transport here possible. Lytwyn said the pup was challenging to train because he had no human contact before his arrival at the Aquarium. “He’s got a very outgoing personality which becomes more expressive by the day. He enjoys interacting with the mammal staff and playing with the toys that we’ve given him.” Lytwyn said the aquarium is lucky to have him and looks forward to him growing up with the rest of the male sea otters named Aialik, Judge and Mojo. They too could not be released to the wild.

Hanson said the aquarium has called on the community to help name this newest addition to their sea otter exhibit. If anyone would like to offer a name for this little pup, submit it to the aquarium’s Facebook page, under OregonCoastAquarium.

OCA officials say sea otters play a critical role in the marine ecosystem as a “keystone species.” They promote a healthy kelp forest that, in turn, supports thousands of organisms. Sea otters are also an indicator or sentinel species. They are dying of diseases that have land-based connections. Since humans and sea otters eat many of the same seafood items, high rates of sea otter disease may be a warning for both human and marine ecosystem health.