At first glance, a cube of PVC pipe trailed by a string of wires and cables is a puzzling presence for some Oregon Coast Aquarium visitors in the new exhibit, Secrets of Shipwrecks: Part History. Part Mystery. In the exhibit, it represents one of the tools researchers use for underwater exploration and archaeology, and pays homage to the fact that people from all walks of life can wield this technology.
The contraption sports scratches and wear, and zip-ties hold repurposed plastic water bottles to its control tether. The underwater remotely operated vehicle, or ROV for short, is the creation of three Taft High School students under guidance of Science Department Chair Noah Lambie.
Team RUWE (Robotic Underwater Exploration) created the ROV for the Northwest Regional MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) Competition. Each student assumed a role, with Kyle Macrae as CFO, Hunter Bishop as CEO and Eneki Trujillo as Head Engineer. RUWE took the title in the Ranger Class, qualifying them for the international competition at Newfoundland, Canada.
The opportunity to compete against 60 other teams from universities and prestigious prep schools across the globe presented a tremendous opportunity and set of challenges. Their winnings only covered a portion of the trip, Lambie and the students started a crowdfunding campaign, and sold totes and shirts to make up the difference. Continue reading
Oregon Coast Aquarium educators will enjoy a new set of wheels as they deliver marine science education programs to elementary schools across the Northwest this year thanks to a sponsorship from the Oregon and Vancouver, Washington Burger King® owners. Their support, coupled with contributions from Aquarium donors, enabled the Aquarium to purchase a new Aqauri-van to transport these programs. “Burger King® is proud to help bring this unique learning experience to elementary school children as part of our local community involvement and support,” said Luis Boyance, Burger King® Franchisee.
The Aquarium’s outreach programs reach over 30,000 students and an excess of 100 schools in Oregon, Washington and California each academic school year. The assembly-style presentations make marine science accessible to kids who may not have an opportunity to explore Oregon’s Coast with their families or on a field trip. The Aquarium offers four different outreach programs that focus on marine animal adaptations and are tailored to K-2 and 3-5 grades. The topics rotate so students see something different every year during the Aquarium’s annual visit. Continue reading
Green Moray Eel On Exhibit At The Oregon Coast Aquarium. (photo by Kiera Morgan)
Meet the green moray eel that stole the show in the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s new Secrets of Shipwrecks exhibit this summer. The special exhibition is designed to showcase the depths of archaeology hidden from most by the water’s surface. Interactive water jets and replicas of shipwrecks and archaeologic digs, inspired by actual sites, spring from the walls to take center stage. By far, however, visitor photos tagged #oregoncoastaquarium indicate the crawl-through exhibit, home to a neon green eel, stole the spotlight.
The hulking animal measures five feet from nose to tail, and often spends its days curled up next to the clear acrylic bubble in the middle of its exhibit. Typical of eels, the animal spends most of its time with its mouth open, as if posing for photos, when it is actually drawing water through its mouth and over its gills. The best time to view the eel at its most active is when the Aquarium first opens at 10:00 a.m.
(photo by Oregon Coast Aquarium)
The creature is fed every other day just before the Aquarium opens. The eel eagerly swims into a PVC tube where it gulps down squid, de-boned herring, gel food and an occasional vitamin. Moray eels are considered docile animals, but they have poor eye sight and an accidental bite from an animal of this size would pack a punch, even without the infectious bacteria it carries. The PVC tube contains the excited animal so that an aquarist can safely hand food into its hungry mouth. Secrets of Shipwrecks will remain open through December 2016. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Speaking on behalf of animals and their environments is no simple task, which is why starting October 3 the Aquarium will treat new volunteer recruits to a six weekend crash course on the coastal and marine fauna of Oregon.
Upon graduation, these volunteers spend a few hours each week speaking on behalf of Oregon’s marine animals and their environments to Aquarium visitors. This exposure provides people a tremendous opportunity to make a positive impact for their local environment, and the ocean on a global scale.
“Volunteers connect with visitors every day about animals or a conservation issue like marine debris. The in-depth insights they share not only add to the Aquarium experience, they can make impressions that last a lifetime,” said Beth Hawkyard, Volunteer Services Manager for the Aquarium. Continue reading
From water-front clams and seaweeds to forest berries and sorrel, the Oregon Coast is wild with culinary delights. For the unseasoned, not knowing where to start intimidates many from trying their own hand at this undomesticated feast. The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Edible Ocean Family Camp Out invites adventurous eaters ages eight and older to explore wild-sourced summer delicacies from Saturday, July 25 to Sunday, July 26.This food-centric adventure walks participants through the forage to fork process, from regulations to gathering to food preparation.
Campers can expect to get their fingers muddy while clamming, test their taste buds with edible seaweeds and foray through coastal forests for edible plants.This overnight adventure includes admission to the Aquarium, camping accommodations at Beverly Beach State Park and all meals for $55 for youth ages 8 to 17 and $70 for adults ages 18 and older. Discounts are available for Aquarium members. To learn more about Edible Ocean Family Camp Out and download reservation forms call (541) 867-FISH or visit aquarium.org.
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