Aquarium News

Oregon Coast Aquarium Hosts Member Appreciation Week

May 10, 2022

In honor of our members, the Oregon Coast Aquarium (OCAq) is hosting Member Appreciation Week from June 13 through June 19, 2022. During Member Appreciation Week, OCAq members will be granted early access to the Aquarium, with doors opening at 9:15am each day for members only. Members will also receive drink coupons, a 20% gift […]


Oregon Coast Aquarium Commences Construction

October 19, 2021

Newport, Oregon — The tides are turning at the Oregon Coast Aquarium; guests may notice hard hats and high-visibility vests juxtaposed with the sights of our scenic estuary. The changing landscape is a sure sign of what’s to come: crews have broken ground on the construction of a new Children’s Nature Play Area, Outdoor Amphitheater, […]


Oregon Coast Aquarium Receives Largest Grant Ever from Roundhouse Foundation

April 26, 2021

Newport, Oregon — The Oregon Coast Aquarium (OCAq) has received the largest grant in its history, in the amount of $5 million, courtesy of the Roundhouse Foundation. The Roundhouse Foundation is located in Sisters, Oregon, and supports solutions to the challenges associated with rural culture and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Their primary areas of focus […]


When Turtles Fly: Stranded Loggerhead Catches Flight to San Diego

February 23, 2021

Newport, Oregon — Early this month a private citizen reported a stranded turtle on Nelscott Beach near Lincoln City, Oregon. From the moment the Oregon Coast Aquarium (OCAq) received the call, a plan of action quickly unfolded. OCAq’s Curator of Fish and Invertebrates, Evonne Mochon-Collura, called Jim Rice of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, who stationed […]


Volunteers Support Aquarium Amid Pandemic

December 15, 2020

Newport, Oregon—Diving into tanks, maintaining grounds, preparing diets, and educating guests—it’s all a day in the life of a volunteer at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Volunteers offer their support Aquarium-wide, from working on special projects and clerical work to preparing food for the animals. Dive volunteers plunge into cold waters to clean exhibits, horticulture volunteers […]


Two Sea Turtles Stranded on Oregon Beaches

December 15, 2020

Newport, Oregon —  Two Olive Ridley sea turtles have been found on Oregon beaches within the past month, indicating a change in ocean conditions and the potential for more strandings as winter approaches. An adult female Olive Ridley sea turtle was reported stranded on a beach in Lincoln City earlier this week. The Marine Mammal Stranding […]


Oceanscape Network relaunch brings science and nature to teens, educators

February 12, 2020

Newport, Oregon — The Oregon Coast Aquarium announces the relaunch of Oceanscape Network, the largest online marine and natural history education provider in the state of Oregon. Connecting youth and educators to nature and conservation topics, is a free educational resource that facilitates the teen user’s personal exploration of the natural world through a […]


Geriatric Care at Oregon Coast Aquarium

February 6, 2020

Newport, Oregon – Geriatric care is a little talked about but essential part of care for our pinnipeds. Most people don’t consider their late twenties as ‘old age’, but for sea lions and seals, they’ve already begun to receive over the hill cards. And just like humans, their geriatric years require special care and evaluation. Animal […]


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, […]


You Otter Visit the Aquarium for Sea Otter Awareness Day

September 18, 2019

Newport, Oregon— What “otter” place is better to celebrate International Sea Otter Awareness Day than the Oregon Coast Aquarium? On Saturday, September 28, the Aquarium is holding a special event to raise awareness of the vital role sea otters play in nearshore ecosystems. Guests will also have Behind the Scenes access to see the brand […]


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The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Newport, on the beautiful Oregon Coast. The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.