Aquarium News

Oregon Coast Aquarium Contributes To Broadnose Sevengill Shark Research Efforts

August 25, 2022

Newport, Oregon — The gulls’ raucous cries echo across the water of Willapa Bay. Sunlight coats the shoreline, the slick black rocks glistening in the dawn. “This one looks pretty sharky.” The words ring out loud and clear, and the entire crew feels a familiar spike of adrenaline. The air is charged with anticipation. All eyes […]


Rockfish Survey Development

February 5, 2020

Newport, Oregon – Nearshore semi-pelagic rockfish in Oregon are the cornerstone of the recreational fishing fleet. Both sport and commercial fishermen are familiar with them, as are diners up and down the coast. But one thing that may not be known are their numbers. In order to properly maintain and manage species preservation and population, […]


Active Recovery Efforts and Beach Restrictions Help Endangered Snowy Plovers

May 8, 2019

Newport, Oregon – On Thursday, May 2, the Oregon Coast Aquarium treated an injured female Western snowy plover found at a plover nesting site in Oregon Dunes Overlook. Researchers with the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC) at Portland State University identified and captured the endangered bird on Thursday while conducting nest surveys in the sand […]


Give Springtime Seal Pups Space

March 22, 2019

News Release – March 22, 2019 For Immediate Release Notice to the media: Photos and video are available at Please credit the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Newport, Oregon—It’s that time of year again: Seal pups are appearing on beaches along the Oregon coast. Beachgoers are asked to stifle their desire to assist these animals in […]


Aquarium and Partners to Host “Rise Above Plastic Pollution Day” at Oregon State Capitol

March 7, 2019

Salem, Oregon—Thursday, March 14 will be officially proclaimed “Rise Above Plastic Pollution Day” at the Oregon State Capitol by Governor Kate Brown. The event—co-hosted by the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Surfrider Foundation Oregon, SOLVE, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, and Environment Oregon—aims to raise awareness and inspire action to address the global plastic pollution crisis. Each organization […]

Both Olive Ridley Sea Turtles Pass Despite Aquarium Efforts

Both Olive Ridley Sea Turtles Pass Despite Aquarium Efforts

December 17, 2018

Newport, Oregon – It is with great sadness that we report of the death of the two olive ridley sea turtles despite strong Aquarium staff efforts toward their recovery. The first sea turtle, named Donatello, stranded on Horsefall Beach in Coos Bay on Wednesday. The female olive ridley suffered from multiple breaks in her shell, blood-loss […]


Second Sea Turtle Strands in Waldport Amid Hazardous Surf

December 16, 2018

Newport, Oregon – A second female olive ridley sea turtle is under care at the Oregon Coast Aquarium after stranding in Beachside State Park in Waldport on Saturday morning.   The sea turtle will join the other female olive ridley that arrived on Thursday in the Aquarium’s climate-controlled quarantine space designated for sea turtle rehabilitation. […]


Stranded Sea Turtle Rescued by Dedicated Samaritan in Coos Bay

December 13, 2018

Newport, Oregon – The Oregon Coast Aquarium admitted a severely injured and hypothermic olive ridley sea turtle this morning for care. Civilians found the turtle yesterday afternoon while walking near Horsefall Beach in North Bend, Coos Bay. Pictures and a video of the sea turtle were posted in a Facebook group, “What’s Happening Coos Bay.” […]


Sea Otter Holding Facility Fully Funded—Thanks to YOU!

December 11, 2018

Newport, Oregon – On Giving Tuesday, the Oregon Coast Aquarium announced a campaign to build a new sea otter holding facility. The facility would allow the Aquarium to take in an additional rescued sea otter and facilitate new Behind-the-Scenes guest experiences. Thanks to generous donations from Aquarium supporters, the sea otter holding facility has been […]

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Watch for Stranded Sea Turtles This Winter

November 27, 2018

Key Message: If you find a sea turtle on the beach this winter, immediately note its location, remain nearby to observe it if possible, and contact the Oregon State Police Tipline at 800-452-7888 or the Marine Mammal Stranding Network (MMSN) in Oregon, Washington, and California at 1-866-767-6114. Newport, Oregon – If you’re out walking the […]


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