The word “tuna” conjures images of a canned pantry staple, delicate sashimi over rice, or locally, fish and chips. Tuna is an important part of many peoples’ diets, but few consider the fish behind the food. The Oregon Coast Aquarium will help visitors take a bite into the story behind this keystone creature during Tuna Fisheries Day on Wednesday, July 23.
The Aquarium will create an environment of tuna-related discovery for guests of all ages to connect with these migratory fish that can swim as fast as 40 miles per hour. Interactive activities, including tuna sample tastings and learning to tie knots like commercial fishermen, will engage all five senses as visitors explore the world of tuna fish and sustainable seafood.
Youngsters will be able to connect with these formidable fish through age-appropriate interactive activities including pretending to be tuna and tuna fishermen, creating artwork related to tuna fish and even touching a real tuna in its original fish form. Continue reading
The Oregon Coast Aquarium once again received national recognition last week when a popular travel magazine ranked the Newport-based attraction as one of the top aquariums in the nation. The Aquarium was acknowledged along with 11 other facilities, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Georgia Aquarium, in Destinations Travel Magazine dot com’s list of the 12 best aquariums in the nation. The feature appeared online in the magazine’s July edition. The cover story notes the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s focus on the marine life native to the Pacific Northwest, and efforts the nonprofit dedicates to education, conservation and animal rehabilitation. The aquarium is thrilled to represent the Northwest among the collection of well-respected Aquariums recognized across the nation, said Carrie Lewis, President and CEO of the aquarium. The article is one of several national level acknowledgments the Aquarium has enjoyed over the past year.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this summer from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. For more information and to buy tickets visit aquarium.org or call (541) 867-FISH.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium kicked off its new campaign, Closer Than You Think, last week to capture the attention of Oregon residents and visitors with surreal scenes of marine life in domestic settings. The very idea of exploring marine environments from dry land was unattainable just a few short decades ago. Closer Than You Think calls attention to how closely visitors can connect with the marine animals that live in the little-explored, watery dimension of our planet. The tagline also gives a nod to the geographic proximity of the nationally-acclaimed aquarium to Oregonians.
Artwork covering billboards, posters, print and digital ads across Oregon will feature extraordinary scenes created by Portland-based photographer Holly Andres in partnership with advertising agency MANIFESTO. A highlight of the campaign, the Summer Sweepstakes, will award one person each week a behind the scenes adventure at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Each winner, and their three guests, will enjoy overnight accommodations at the Newport La Quinta Inn & Suites, admission to the Aquarium, a behind the scenes tour and their choice of a Sea Lion Kiss or Octopus Encounter.
To enter the sweepstakes, catch a glimpse of the campaign and learn how you can connect with the Aquarium’s animals, visit http://www.GetCloserThanYouThink.com. Participants must be 18 years or older to enter and children must be eight years or older to participate in encounter programs. The Aquarium will also bring giveaways and goodies to the Portland area during 20 different Radio Disney events this summer. For a complete list of events, visit aquarium.org.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this summer from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To learn more, and buy tickets, visit aquarium.org or call 541-867-FISH.
Diving for Science, an Oregon Field Guide program featuring Oregon Coast Aquarium researchers and aquarists in the open waters off the Oregon coast, was honored this month with a Northwest Regional Emmy. The project, which was three years in the making, was the one of the most difficult, challenging stories the team has worked on according to Vince Patton, an Oregon Field Guide Producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
The diver behind the camera, Michael Bendixen, made dozens of trips on the Aquarium’s boat, the Gracie Lynn, to capture the footage. The ocean itself proved to be the most challenging component of the project, “The surge was crazy, I was being thrown back and forth by 20 feet like an acrobat. Those conditions work against good photography, you don’t want to make the audience sea sick.”
The program focuses on a unique breed of researchers that are unfazed by these conditions. The Aquarium’s scientific divers regularly brave extremely challenging waters to record the extent of invasive species, monitor local wildlife and occasionally collect animals for exhibits. The divers continued to explore Oregon’s marine environments after the cameras stopped rolling in early 2013. Their most recent discovery, that sea star wasting syndrome had struck Oregon’s waters, made international news in May. Continue reading
The Oregon Coast Aquarium will thank Lincoln County restaurant, lodging and gas station employees with free admission from Wednesday, June 25 through Wednesday, July 2. Hospitality employees that wish to take advantage of the offer will be asked to provide proof of employment with a recent pay stub. Those unsure if their place of employment qualifies for the program may contact the Aquarium during regular business hours at (541) 867-3474 x5201.
Aquarium President and CEO Carrie Lewis explained the Aquarium hosts Hospitality Week because, “Lincoln County visitors often look to hospitality employees for advice on local attractions and we are happy to take this opportunity to reach out and thank our neighbors.” She also reminds of the
Aquarium’s discounted Lincoln County Wednesdays program. Admission is just $5 every Wednesday of the year for Lincoln County, Oregon locals with proof of residency.
Eligible Lincoln County workers who take advantage of Hospitality Days will explore this world-class marine education facility that is right in their backyard. Must see attractions include Nuka, the sea otter pup, wandering through a tunnel surrounded by over 100 sharks in Passages of the Deep and special educational presentations throughout the Aquarium. The energetic performance of the Aquarium’s sea lions during feeding presentations is a guest favorite. These exhibits, along with a diverse array of other galleries, make the Aquarium one of the most popular vacation destinations on the Oregon coast.
The Aquarium is open from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. every day this summer. For more information, call (541) 867-3474 or visit aquarium.org.
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Oswald the sea otter pup, whose move to Oregon made a big splash despite his diminutive size last month, is settling in swimmingly at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. “He is a hearty eater and has plenty of personality quirks that keep us busy,” said Curator of Marine Mammals Ken Lytwyn. Oswald frequently squeals with anticipation before training sessions, a behavior the Aquarium’s trainers discourage by waiting until he calms down before they enter his enclosure.
To help make him feel at home, the Aquarium purchased large tubs for him to jump in, just like he had on exhibit in Monterey. They fill the tubs with cold water and toys, or sometimes even ice, which is a preferred lounging surface for sea otters. Oswald and trainers alike appear to be developing the trust they need to work together successfully. During a photo shoot for this story, Oswald groomed his fur until he dozed off for a snooze in the afternoon sun. Napping while surrounded by humans is not typical for energetic, curious young otters, but Oswald appeared utterly relaxed with his trainers and a photographer in his quarantine area. Continue reading
The breathtaking landscapes of the Oregon coast are utterly picturesque, and to a trained pair of eyes, this iconic setting where the land meets the sea also holds a bounty of culinary delight.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Edible Ocean Camp will broaden participants’ culinary horizons to include wild-sourced summer delicacies in an overnight foraging foray from Saturday, June 21 to Sunday, June 22.
Campers young and old and will learn how to collect and prepare foods sourced from the wild landscapes along Oregon’s coast, including fresh berries, shellfish, crabs and seaweeds.
Edible Ocean Campers’ food gathering journey will start at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and meander along the coast up to the evening’s accommodations at Beverly Beach State Park. There, the day’s harvest will be prepared into a communal dinner. An optional night hike to explore the forest under a blanket of darkness and a special presentation by Oregon State Parks will provide entertainment for the evening.
Campers of all experience levels are welcome. This overnight adventure includes admission to the Aquarium, campsite fee and all meals for $50 for youth ages 8 to 17 and $65 for adults ages 18 and older. Discounts are available for Aquarium members. Minors must be eight years or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian.
To learn more about Edible Ocean Camp, and to download forms to sign up, visit http://bit.ly/1oEdLTd.
To learn more about the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s exhibits, conservation and education programs call (541) 867-FISH or visit aquarium.org.