Sea Otter Observation Leads to Seal Rescue Operation
Date: Saturday, January 7 Location: Olympic Peninsula, WA state Weather: high winds, heavy rain What began as a sea otter observation excursion turned into a seal rescue operation after Brittany Blades, OCAq’s Curator of Marine Mammals, heard distressed cries nearby. Blades peered through the fog and pelting rain, trying to find the source of the […]READ MORE
You Otter Visit the Aquarium for Sea Otter Awareness Day
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 […]READ MORE
Juvenile Humpback Whale Strands on Oregon Coast
Newport, Oregon— A 20’ juvenile humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) that washed ashore north of the Alsea River near Waldport on Wednesday, August 14 was euthanized. A team organized by the Oregon State University-based Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network (OMMSN), including the Oregon Coast Aquarium and in collaboration with the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, […]READ MORE
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is Going LIVE in 3..2..1..
Newport, Oregon— The Oregon Coast Aquarium is excited to announce the installation of three new live cameras: The Shark Cam, the Seabird Cam, and the Otter Cam. Each of the cameras have their own unique features so that viewers can control the direction and zoom of the camera, listen to the birds in the aviary, […]READ MORE
Juvenile Brown Pelican Found Snared by Fishing Hook and Line
Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium admitted a juvenile brown pelican Thursday night that was found snared in a fishing hook and line. Civilians transferred the large bird to the Aquarium after finding it severely entangled and in distress at Devil’s Punchbowl State Park. Upon receiving the pelican, Aquarium Bird Staff immediately began triage to assess […]READ MORE
The “Blue Tide” is Upon Us…
Newport, Oregon— The “Blue Tide” is upon us, as beaches all along the Oregon coast are strewn with an aquamarine layer of jelly-like organisms especially apparent at low tide. These are the innumerable bodies of by-the-wind sailors, formally known as Velella velella, and their strandings are a regular, yet fascinating late spring phenomenon in coastal […]READ MORE
New Interactive Steampunk Exhibit at Oregon Coast Aquarium is “Powered by Imagination”
Newport, Oregon – The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Seapunk: Powered by Imagination, will open Saturday, May 25. The exhibit is modeled after a subgenre of science fiction, art, technology and fashion inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery: Steampunk. Seapunk: Powered by Imagination shows a whole new perspective on tropical marine life, using a fantastical […]READ MORE
Active Recovery Efforts and Beach Restrictions Help Endangered Snowy Plovers
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 […]READ MORE
Oregon Coast Aquarium to Build Forest-Themed Children’s Nature Playspace – Happy Arbor Day!
Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium plans to build a new forestry-themed children’s nature playspace thanks to a generous one million dollar pledge from Starker Forests, Inc. The Aquarium was built on a mill site in Yaquina Bay, and so the nature playspace will pay homage to its historic origins in the timber industry. Climbing features, […]READ MORE
Aquarium Youth Team Places Sixth at National Ocean Sciences Bowl in Washington D.C.
Newport, Oregon— The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s youth team, “Nerdi Nautili,” placed sixth at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) in Washington D.C. this past weekend. The Aquarium team earned the chance to compete against twenty-four teams from across the country after placing first at the regional Salmon Bowl for the second year in a row […]READ MORE