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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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.
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 Aquarium.org:
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.
Provided by Oregon Coast Aquarium
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.
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.
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. (more…)