The Oregon Coast Aquarium will expand its hours, opening its doors from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to accommodate travelers that will visit the coast over the spring break holiday from March 22 through March 30.Guests that wish to connect with the Aquarium’s animals may shake suckers with a giant Pacific octopus or share a whiskery smooch with a seal or sea lion. Animal encounters will be available most days, but fill quickly.
Those seeking in-depth adventure may immerse themselves in Passages of the Deep while wrapped in the comfort of a dry suit. The Face-to-Face Snorkel Program lets visitors age eight and older swim in the Orford Reef and Halibut Flats exhibits, and peer into the shark-infested waters of the Open Sea exhibit from an observation pool.
During their visit, Aquarium-goers are encouraged to soak up spring with a stroll through the Aquarium Gardens. The sprawling naturescape features labeled native plants for viewers to brush up on their botany. Careful observers can spot local wildlife that choose to make the Gardens home. For more information about the Oregon Coast Aquarium, or to book tickets and special behind the-scenes experiences, call (541) 867-FISH or visit www.aquarium.org.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium invites its visitors to seal this Valentine’s Day in their memories with a whiskery kiss. The Aquarium’s seals and sea lions will pucker up for special, discounted encounters in honor of Valentine’s Day on February 14, 15 and 16. Participants may delight in experiencing a sign of affection from such unique, charismatic animals; but sea lion smooches and seal kisses are serious business for the Aquarium’s animals.
The staff at the Aquarium constantly strive to keep the animals under their care in tip-top shape, both physically and mentally. This includes developing training programs so the animals learn new behaviors throughout their lives as a form of enrichment. Training the seals and sea lions to kiss visitors is just a small part of the enrichment program that also adds a new dimension to these animals’ role as ambassadors for their species.
This unforgettable experience is available to anyone eight years and older for $25. Availability is limited. Kisses must be booked in advance by calling 541-867-3474, extension 5401, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this winter from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information visit aquarium.org or call (541) 867-3474.