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Oregon Coast Aquarium gears up for World Oceans Day

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Turning marine debris into art!

Turning marine debris into art!

Oregon Coast Aquarium Broadens Its Visitor Experience for World Oceans Day

Newport- The Oregon Coast Aquarium will team up with marine conservation groups around the planet to celebrate World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 8. The event is a United Nations designated day for ocean celebration held to encourage people to take action to protect the world’s oceans. The theme for 2013 and 2014 is “Together we have the power to protect the ocean!” This is intended to call people to celebrate and strive to create the future they want to see for the ocean that provides for billions of people and countless plants and animals.

The Aquarium is scheduling special activities to commemorate World Oceans Day including interactive education presentations, a fish dissection and SCUBA diving presentations in the Aquarium’s Passages of the Deep and Oregon Kelp Forest exhibits. Ocean Discovery Stations will provide visitors the opportunity to learn what sea otter fur feels like and how many teeth sharks have.

Stations set up by the Aquarium’s partners in ocean conservation, like the NOAA National Marine Fisheries and the Fishermen’s Wives, will offer the opportunity for guests to learn these organizations’ unique perspectives on how the ocean plays a role in peoples’ daily lives, and the best ways to protect its future.

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Guests that want to embrace their artistic side can create a “coral branch” made of plastic and Styrofoam that were once marine debris. These branches will be pieced together over the course of the day to form a colorful recycled reef. Visitors will also be invited to add their personal promise to work toward advancing their own vision for the ocean’s future to the World Oceans Pledge Chain.

To learn more about World Oceans Day or what you can do to protect the world’s oceans visit www.WorldOceansDay.org. All activities are included with paid admission.

The Aquarium is open every day this summer from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information call 541-867-3474 or visit www.aquarium.org

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