Oregon Coast Aquarium


Tue, 1/30/2007 - 3:54 PM — Lisa Raycher

Oregon Coast Aquarium

2820 SE Ferry Slip Road
Newport, OR 97365
USA

Claws is colorful and interactive

The Oregon Coast Aquarium Presents CLAWS!

The Oregon Coast Aquarium's newest exhibit, Claws explores the adaptations and remarkable diversity of crabs, lobsters, shrimp, isopods and copepods.  The extraordinary color and active habits of crustaceans make the animals themselves fun to watch, but the real fun begins with the hands on activities.  A variety of interactive displays explain crustacean adaptations from crab movement and claw strength to shrimp vision.  A dance floor offers kids a chance to learn how to “dance like a crustacean” to music by the same creators of the Claws radio commercial. Another display demonstrates how a crab “molts” or cracks out of its exoskeleton.  A shoe with every size from infancy to adulthood illustrates a crustacean’s different stages of growth. Colorful interpretive graphics and audio-visual media convey the importance of these invertebrates to humans and as a link in the marine food web.

Crabbing has been important to the local community and Claws will include a fascinating look at Newport’s history of the crabbing industry.  The Aquarium is grateful to the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission and the local Fishing Industry for providing materials for this part of the exhibit. For more information, visit Heads Up,the website for the west coast fishing community, at http://www.heads-up.net/ .

The Claws exhibit focuses mainly on crustaceans, but a few species outside the class are also featured, like the horseshoe crab, which is not a true crab.  Crustaceans vary so much in shape, form and behavior that it is difficult to find a definition that lists traits common to all of them. For example, a barnacle looks like no other crustacean. Naturalists have described the barnacle as a “shrimp-like animal standing on its head in a limestone house, kicking food into its mouth.”

Interesting anomolies are highlighted from the Claws kingdom.  Some species have acquired some very inventive ways to survive, like the crab that picks up two anemones and waves them around with its claws to distract its prey.  Everyone is familiar with the larger crustaceans (shrimps, lobsters, and crabs), but the small planktonic crustaceans are just as important.  Copepods, water fleas, and krill are a major link in the marine food chain between the photosynthetic phytoplankton and larger carnivores such as fish and whales. Still others are crucial in recycling nutrients of dead organisms.

The creation of Claws is another team endeavor created entirely by the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s exhibits staff which has become adept at conceptualizing and building exhibits through practice, having completed the past few changing exhibits all in-house. Artist Michael Cole, whose mural work has been employed extensively on Aquarium walls and in past exhibits, again lends his artistry to Claws.  Cole is proficient in making his depictions of plants and animals surrounding the exhibits come alive. His attention to detail and mastery of texture and hue give color and depth to the exhibit.

The Aquarium’s intent with the Claws exhibit is to enlighten, entertain and amaze. If we can get a better understanding of the ocean and habitat conditions that crustaceans need to survive, we might become better at predicting changes in their populations. This will help us better manage fisheries and control over harvesting to ensure the survival of these incredible crustaceans.

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Oregon Coast Aquarium Hosts International Vetinarians Wed, 8/27/2008 - 12:19 PM — rudy

The Oregon Coast Aquarium hosted 15 students and veterinarians from around the world last week in a special two day workshop focusing on veterinary medicine of “exotics” including a lecture and hands-on training. The students came from Mexico, Germany, England, Holland, Switzerland and the US (Oregon and California).

The workshop was the culmination of an intense, three week Zoo, Exotic and Wildlife (ZEW) Club Workshop run by Dr. Modesto McClean at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon. The workshop focused on the specialties of veterinary medicine offering veterinary students a chance to participate in daily zoo work, demos, lectures and field trips. The intent is to interest, educate, motivate, and share the areas of zoo, aquatic, and wildlife medicine. The workshop was led by Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan, Oregon Sea Grant's ornamental aquaculture specialist.

Oregon Sea Grant's Ornamental Fish Health Program, under the leadership of Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan, provides educational programming and service to the aquarium industry and aquarium hobbyists to help them successfully rear and care for creatures in aquarium or pond environments. The Ornamental Fish Health Program at HMSC became involved with the ZEW workshop two years ago when Dr. McClean asked Dr. Miller-Morgan if he would be willing to add one day of fish medicine lecture and hands-on training to the workshop.

“That effort, in which 12 students and veterinarians from Europe and Mexico participated was very well received,” said Miller-Morgan. “I was asked to add another day to the fish class to expand the educational experience, so I approached Jim Burke, Director of Animal Husbandry, at the Oregon Coast Aquarium about adding the shark lab. Burke responded to the request with enthusiasm and this year it was implemented.

The 2-day workshop covered fish anatomy and physiology, water quality testing, management and life support systems, examination techniques for fish and troubleshooting life support systems. Interactive laboratories included fish capturing, handling, sedation, examination, blood collection, water quality testing and interpretation, case diagnosis and problem solving, water management, life support assessment of small recirculating systems and a shark lab.

“There was a lot to cover in two days and these students were very excited about the seminar and gave it glowing reviews,” said Miller-Morgan. “In fact, many students requested that we add a third day next year to include common diseases and more hands-on experience.”

The following week the group came back up from the Wildlife Safari to the Aquarium and worked with Dr. Steven Brown, Aquarium Head Veterinarian.  This session included the weekly veterinary inspection in which the veterinarians observed and discussed the health status of all the birds and mammals with Aquarium husbandry staff.  Dr. Brown also presented them with some on the challenges that one is faced with when dealing with wild animals. “This has been a great opportunity for the Aquarium and for the international veterinarians,” said Burke. “We hope to inspire them and learn from their diverse level of experience.”

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501©(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources.  

PHOTO: International veterinary students receive hands on instruction during a shark lab at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. (Courtesy Photo)
 


Oregon Coast Aquarium Prepares for its First Fund Raiser Mon, 8/18/2008 - 6:22 PM — rudy

Excitement is building as more of the area’s top restaurants join the lineup for the Aquarium’s first-ever fund raiser, the inaugural Jellyfish Jubilee; A Celebration of Food and Wine. The event, benefitting the Aquarium’s exhibits and education programs, is slated to become an annual affair, offering an evening of Northwest cuisine and wines as well as a silent auction and live music at the Aquarium on September 27, 2008 from 6 to 10 pm.

“This is shaping up to be an extraordinary evening as the Aquarium comes alive with the aromas, tastes and sounds of exceptional food, wines and music,” said Dave Shafer, board member and Jellyfish Jubilee Committee chair. “We’re excited to see top chefs and vintners eager to join the fold.” Shafer said the Aquarium has always hosted fundraisers for many other non-profits and community organizations and decided to duplicate those successes to benefit its own programs, which rely upon admission revenues, grants and donations.

Participating restaurants include The Bay House, Quimby’s, Saffron Salmon, Bridges at The Embarcadero, Willamette Valley Country Club, Starfish Grill, Chinook Winds, Local Ocean Seafood and Tsunami Chocolate. Wineries include Noble Estate Winery, Emerson Vineyards, Julianna Vineyards, Sienna Ridge Estate and Vitis Ridge. Rogue will be the featured beer.

“We have some exciting items up for bid in the silent auction,” said Shafer. Silent auction packages include:

Golf Package: Bandon Dunes, eight rounds of golf and 1 night for four at Lily Pond Lodging

Ocean Pulse Surfing Package: Equipment, Ocean Pulse, Lessons, Lodging at Tyee Lodge and $50 gift certificate from Local Ocean Seafoods

Timberline Ski Package: Four ski lift passes, midweek overnight at lodge & breakfast buffet and $100 gift certificate for Cascade Room dinner

Portland Culture Package: Oregon Ballet Theater tickets, Portland Art Museum tickets, Aequis Spa $100 gift certificate and lodging at the Heathman Hotel.

Coast Culture Package: Newport Performing Arts Center 2 tickets, Photo workshop for two with Jeff Jessing, lodging at the Whale Cove Inn and $75 gift certificate for Prix Fixe dinner 44 degrees.

Marine Adventure Package: Marine Discovery Tours boat tour, fossil Hunting with Guy DiTorrice and a $75 gift certificate from Saffron Salmon.

Fishing Package: Newport Marina Store & Charter, lodging at Newport Belle Bed & Breakfast and a $15 gift certificate from Mo’s

Other items: A private dinner party for 8 with Portland Chef, Bronwen Jones. As both an Executive Chef and Professional Personal Chef, Bronwen will prepare, present and serve a custom-seasonal menu in the comforts of your home, and a Sokol Blosser case of Meditrina private winery tour & tasting for 8.

Music will be provided by Highstrung!, a chamber string quartet based in Portland and Waterfall, an acoustic guitar duo from Salem. Highstrung! consists of siblings Eric, Justin, David and Joshua Knopp, a dynamic group of young artists that have played hundreds of events. Highstrung! will perform chamber music in the lobby as guests enter the Jellyfish Jubilee. More information about the talented youths of Highstrung! can be found at www.highstrungstrings.com.

An exclusive pre-event begins at 6 and continues until 7 when the doors open for the main event. The pre-event will be limited to 200 people, offering first access to the culinary creations, special private wine tastings, animal encounters and a dive presentation in the Aquarium exhibits. The main event will be from 7 to 10 pm and is limited to 300 people.

Ticket prices:

$125 per individual or $215 per couple for pre-event and main event

$90 per individual or $160 per couple for main event only

Members receive a 20% discount.

Non members who become members may purchase tickets and receive the discount. Evening attire is recommended. To purchase tickets, call 541-867-3474 Ext 5203. For information about special catered packages and corporate sponsorships, call (541) 867-3474 ext. 5216.

Jellyfish Jubilee sponsors include West Coast Bank, Leopold Ketel & Partners, Oregon Coast Bank and Wildlife Trading Company of New Mexico.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501©(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources.

Photo Caption: Ethereal moon jellies make an elegant backdrop for the Oregon Coast Aquarium's first fund raiser, Jellyfish Jubilee; A Celebration of Food and Wine September 27, 2008

Photo by Cindy Hanson, Oregon Coast Aquarium


 


Aquarium to Host "NOAA and Our Planet" Day August 22 Fri, 8/15/2008 - 1:43 PM — rudy

Learn about NOAA and our planet: our oceans, coasts and weather 

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will host a day of educational activities about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Friday, August 22 from 9 am to 6pm. Activities include an opportunity for visitors to meet with NOAA scientists and representatives to learn about the products and services NOAA produces.

NOAA, a scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce, was formed in 1970 to warn of dangerous weather, chart the seas and skies, guide the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conduct research to improve understanding and stewardship of the environment. NOAA's roots date back to 1807, when the Nation’s first scientific agency, the Survey of the Coast, was established. Since then, NOAA has emerged as an international leader on scientific and environmental matters.

"NOAA and Our Planet" day at the Aquarium will show what NOAA is doing in the Northwest through its oceanic and atmospheric science programs. Representatives of NOAA’s Fisheries Service, Ocean Service, Weather Service, NOAA Research and Oregon Sea Grant will offer materials and information to enhance our understanding of the planet.

"We are excited to be able to offer this experience to our visitors and teachers,” said Sean Nolan, Aquarium Academic Programs Coordinator and event organizer. “NOAA is an incredible but often overlooked branch of the government that does amazing things to help us better understand the natural world.”

The responsibilities of the agency go from the surface of the sun (Solar Observations) to the depths of the ocean floor (Ocean Exploration). From weather forecasting, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce with nautical charts, tides and currents, NOAA plays a vital role in the health of the nation’s economy.

“I’m delighted to support ‘NOAA and Our Planet’ day at the Aquarium,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator. “It’s a great chance for the public to visit this wonderful aquarium and to meet NOAA scientists and learn more about our products and services.”

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. For more information, visit the Aquarium’s Web site at www.aquarium.org or call (541) 867-FISH.


Oregon Coast Aquarium comes in at number 5 Mon, 8/11/2008 - 1:52 PM — rudy

TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel community, last week announced the top 10 aquariums and zoos in the U.S., according to traveler popularity and TripAdvisor editors.

"These aquariums and zoos offer wonderful learning experiences about animals and their habitats, and truly let travelers take a walk on the wild side," said Michele Perry, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor.

 

“We’re very pleased about this latest ranking,” said Carrie Lewis, Aquarium Director of Marketing. “This is consistent with what we hear from our visitor surveys and top ten rankings from a number of other recent publications.”

 

TripAdvisor Media Network, operated by TripAdvisor, LLC, attracts nearly 32 million monthly visitors across 12 popular travel brands. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with 24 million monthly visitors, six million registered members and 15 million reviews and opinions. Collectively, the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Network have won hundreds of awards and accolades from press and industry worldwide. TripAdvisor and the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Network are operating companies of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE). TripAdvisor is a registered trademark of TripAdvisor LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. 

 

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501©(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources.   

 

Photo Caption: Inside Passages of the Deep, The Oregon Coast Aquarium's most popular exhibit.
Photo Credit: Cindy Hanson, Oregon Coast Aquarium


Snorkelers and Divers Get Their Chance at Oregon Coast Aquarium Tue, 8/5/2008 - 9:57 PM — rudy

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering snorkelers and certified divers an opportunity to spend a weekend swimming with the fish and learning about marine life.

The Aquarium is partnering with Diving Unlimited International (DUI), a scuba diving equipment manufacturer, to host the annual Diver Rally and Demo Days Friday, August 22 through Sunday, August 24.

Participants may try out dive gear while swimming or snorkeling up close to fishes and invertebrates or learning underwater digital photography. “You don’t have to be a dive expert to enjoy this weekend’s activities,” according to Vallorie Hodges, Aquarium Dive Safety Officer. “This is a great family event, as well - Friday is Family Day with a special course for everyone age 10 and older.”

 Weekend Activities:
Family Day - Friday, August 22 Family Day offers a special course for snorkelers age 10 and older. We have had all ages enjoy this program, from 10 year olds to grandmothers! The course is $50 and includes a three hour educational program about marine life, safe snorkeling techniques, a keeper encounter with an aquarist and Aquarium admission. Participants will be fitted with gear and snorkel in one of the Passages habitats to watch marine life up close. To register for a snorkel program, contact Vallorie Hodges at (541) 867-3474 ext 5302.

Underwater Photography Course - Friday, August 22 An underwater digital photography course for advanced divers. This is an opportunity for underwater photographers to improve their skills and learn basic underwater photography skills using a variety of digital cameras with industry professionals from Optiquatics. The course is $100 ($85 for Aquarium members).

Demo Dives – Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24 Divers can try out dive gear and dry suits. Cost of a Demo Dive is $38 per person per dive and includes admission to the Aquarium.  Participating snorkelers and divers receive a free DUI Test Diver Hat, barbecue lunch, and raffle prizes.  A Saturday night dinner and program are available for an additional fee and must be booked in advance. The keynote speaker, Dick Long, founder of Diving Unlimited International, will speak at 6:30 pm and Divers Alert Network (DAN) will give a presentation. Prizes will be given away throughout the evening. Ticket availability for courses and demo dives are limited. Divers may pre-register through the following DUI dealers: Hydrosports, Salem: 503-304-5383, Sunset Sports, North Bend: 541-756-dive, Steve’s Scuba, Portland: 503-652-8860, or Thunder Reef Divers, Vancouver, WA: 360-573-8507.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501©(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. For more information see www.aquarium.org.


Youth Work Experience Program That Earns College Credit Wed, 7/16/2008 - 9:32 PM — rudy

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is looking for teenagers to join its Youth Work Experience Program. Young people have an opportunity to explore the fascinating world of marine science and share their knowledge as Aquarium interpreters. Youth volunteers spend 24 hours in training learning about marine science, marine animals, and conservation.  Successful completion of training can earn young people 3 transferable college credits from the Oregon Coast Community College and high school credit in some high schools as well. 

“Our Work Experience participants are a valuable component of our Volunteer Team here at the Aquarium,” said Chris Stanbery, Aquarium Youth Programs Coordinator. “These exciting programs offer young people the chance to gain experience in many different areas of aquarium operation including interpreting to the public, working with the animals, behind the scenes and improving communication and public speaking skills. All of our programs offer the opportunity to work, learn, and be part of a great team,” said Stanbery.

Work Experience students acquire a variety of skills to expand upon their area of focus. They study the Aquarium’s marine animal collection and the Oregon coast’s natural history.  After completing the training, youth volunteers work with the public as interpreters or behind the scenes with aquarium staff, working two 4.5 hour shifts a week, sharing their knowledge and skills with Aquarium guests. 

Benefits include educational work experience, references, complimentary passes, and discounts in the Aquarium gift shop and cafe. After completing 50 hours of service, Work Experience students can apply for a membership to the Aquarium, which allows family members and one other guest. Students may receive credit toward graduation for their work in career related learning experiences including school-to-work, internships, technology based learning and service learning.

Stanbery encourages young people who would like to join the Youth Work Experience Program to apply.  Enrollment is open now through August 22 and interviews will be conducted through August 27. Interested youths may pick up an application at the Aquarium, call 541-867-3474 x 5312 or email Chris Stanbery, Youth Programs Coordinator, at chris.stanbery@aquarium.org for more information.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. For more information, visit the Aquarium’s Web site at www.aquarium.org or call (541) 867-FISH.                           
                                                                           

Photo Caption:  Participants in the Oregon Coast Aquarium's Youth Work Experience Program enjoy their role as interpreters.


KGW TV in Portland Installed a 'Shark Cam' Live Feed Thu, 7/10/2008 - 8:52 PM — rudy

The Oregon Coast Aquarium, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will celebrate the twenty first annual Shark Week July 27 – August 2 with a variety of events highlighting the fascinating world of sharks. “Breakfast with the Sharks” will kick off Shark Week, allowing visitors to enter the Aquarium before it opens to the public and enjoy an elegant breakfast buffet while learning more about sharks.

“Breakfast with the Sharks” takes place Sunday, July 27 from 8 to 9:30 am in the Gleason Event Room in front of the private viewing window of the Sharks in the Passages of the Deep exhibit. As visitors dine, they will see how the sharks are fed their breakfast by husbandry staff while an Aquarium biologist gives a talk about their diet, behaviors and physiology. Cost for non members, $25 members, $20. Reservations are required by calling (541) 867-3474 ext. 2313.

Shark Week spotlights sharks as important members of their ocean habitats, unlike the man-eating monsters portrayed in the movies. Sharks live in oceans around the globe—from warm shallows to the cold, deep sea and even fresh water lakes. All of the sharks exhibited at the Oregon Coast Aquarium are species native to Oregon’s coastal waters. Visitors will meet the sharks from Oregon’s wild coast in the week-long glimpse into the world of sharks.

KGW Northwest Newschannel 8 TV in Portland installed a 'Shark Cam' feed live on the KGW.com web site in time for Shark Week. Viewers will be able to watch the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s sharks live at http://www.kgw.com/sharkcam/?nvid=226982&live=yes  . The site also offers a guide to the inhabitants of Ocean Sea, the habitat where sharks reside, in the Aquarium’s Passages of the Deep exhibit.

Sharks and their ancestors have presided over the seas for nearly 400 million years, but in the wild today, shark populations are suffering from human activity. Through habitat destruction and overfishing, humans have become more dangerous to sharks than they are to us. Sharks have been depicted as man-eaters and killers for centuries. The reality is that of the more than 350 species, only a handful pose any threat to humans.

Shark Week Activities:
-Shark Week kicks off with “Breakfast with the Sharks” Sunday, July 27, 8:00-9:30am
-Free giveaways; books about sharks and trading cards
-Shark books, DVD’s and educational toys available in the Aquarium Gift Shop
-Children’s shark craft
-Fascinating shark bio facts 
-Shark dissections and talks
-The opportunity to adopt a shark
-Face Painting Sunday, July 27 and Saturday, Aug 2

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources.
 
 
Photo Caption: A spiny dogfish, one of several species of sharks that viewers will be able to watch on Portland TV, KGW Channel 8's new Shark Cam http://www.kgw.com/sharkcam/?nvid=226982&live=yes  .
Photo by Cindy Hanson, Oregon Coast Aquarium


Oregon Coast Aquarium Offering Wine And Jellyfish Tue, 7/8/2008 - 4:36 PM — rudy

Tickets went on sale to the public July 1 for the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Jellyfish Jubilee; a Celebration of Food and Wine, benefitting the Aquarium’s exhibits and education programs. The event is slated to become an annual affair, offering an evening of Northwest cuisine, wines, a silent auction and live music September 27, 2008 from 6 to 10 pm.

“We will host some of the area’s top chefs, and the Aquarium will come alive with the aromas, tastes and sounds of exceptional food, wines and music,” said Dave Shafer, board member and Jellyfish Jubilee Committee chair. Shafer said the Aquarium has always hosted fundraisers for many other non-profits and community organizations and decided it was time to duplicate those successes to benefit its own programs, which rely upon admission revenues, grants and donations.

Shafer encouraged people to make reservations early. “We expect reservations to fill quickly for this fun, elegant evening of extraordinary food and wine!” Participating vendors so far include Bridges at The Embarcadero, The Bay House, Quimby’s, Noble Estate Winery, Emerson Vineyards, Sienna Ridge Estate, Vitis Ridge and Tsunami Chocolate.

“We’ll also have some exciting items up for bid in the silent auction,” said Shafer. Silent auction packages include a Bandon Dunes golf package for four; with overnight lodging and 8 rounds of golf,  an Oregon surf package for two; with surfing lessons from George DeSoto, equipment from Ocean Pulse, lodging provided by Tyee Lodge and dinner for two at Local Ocean Seafood, two Timberline Lodge packages; dinner for two in the Cascade Dining Room, lodging for one night, breakfast and discounted lift tickets, items from the Heathman Hotel, Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Portland Art Museum.

Music will be provided by acoustic guitar duo from Salem, Waterfall, the local group, Cleanslate and  headliner Highstrung!, a chamber youth string quartet based in Portland. Highstrung! consists of  siblings Eric, Justin, David and Joshua Knopp, a dynamic group of young artists that have played hundreds of events. Highstrung! will perform chamber music in the lobby as guests enter the Jellyfish Jubilee. More information about the talented youths of Highstrung! can be found at www.highstrungstrings.com.

An exclusive pre-event from 6 to 7 pm will be limited to 200 people, offering first access to the culinary creations, special private wine tastings, animal encounters (including a sea lion kiss) and a dive presentation in the Aquarium exhibits. The main event will be from 7 to 10 pm and is limited to 300 people.

Ticket prices:
$125 per individual or $215 per couple for pre-event and main event
$90 per individual or $160 per couple for main event only
Members receive a 20% discount.

Non members who become members may purchase tickets and receive the discount. Evening attire is recommended. To purchase tickets, call 541-867-3474 Ext 5203. For information about special catered packages and corporate sponsorships, call (541) 867-3474 ext. 5216.

Jellyfish Jubilee sponsors include Leopold Ketel & Partners, Oregon Coast Bank, West Coast Bank and Wildlife Trading Company of New Mexico.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501©(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources.  

Photo Caption: Sea nettles, one of several types of jellies on exhibit at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, make an elegant backdrop for the inaugural Jellyfish Jubilee; a Celebration of Food and Wine. (Photo by Cindy Hanson, Oregon Coast Aquarium)
 


Celebrate World Ocean Day With Us June 8 Thu, 5/29/2008 - 5:49 PM — rudy

The Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will celebrate World Ocean Day June 8 with a variety of events highlighting the marine environment. World Ocean Day celebrations are part of "Wonders of Water," AZA's public education campaign to help people understand that from the air we breathe to the food we eat, we all depend on the ocean for survival.

"Many of us are not aware how much we affect the ocean and how much the ocean affects us. For instance, people are usually surprised to learn that the ocean produces 70 percent of our oxygen," said Sydney J. Butler, executive director of the AZA. "We invite people of all ages to join us in the fun and excitement of exploring the amazing world of the ocean and the animals that depend on it, and learn how everyone can play a part in conserving this precious resource."

World Ocean Day events are included with Aquarium admission.  All-day events include a children's craft, scavenger hunt, biofacts, information tables hosted by Lincoln County Solid Waste District and the Surfrider Foundation.

 

The Pirate Improv Theater offers a fun and interactive program celebrating the ocean geared to children and adults, taking place at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm in the theater.

 

A program titled "Diving with Great Whites" will be presented by Vern Dipietro, Aquarium dive volunteer, at 1pm in the theater. Dipietro shares his own experiences diving with great white sharks.   

 

"Gray Whales of the Oregon Coast" will be presented by whale biologist Carrie Newell at 4 pm  in the Aquarium theater. Newell has studied the gray whale population of the Oregon coast and will share a journey through the natural history of Oregon's summer resident gray whale population. 

 

Children's story time will feature about sea otters, sharks, and fish from 11am - 12pm and 2 - 3pm in the Aquarium’s entrance lobby.


The new exhibit opens with activities Memorial Day Weekend Wed, 5/21/2008 - 3:38 PM — rudy

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will open a new exhibit Memorial Day weekend with fun, music and activities for everyone in the family. Oddwater will take a look at some of the most bizarre life forms in the ocean and show how their unusual adaptations help them survive. The exhibit combines marine biology and art with blown glass inside the displays and life-size murals of the ocean’s larger oddities.

 

The idea of Oddwater is to offer an experience that will educate, entertain and enlighten visitors about life forms and sub aquatic landscapes most people never see. The exhibit will demonstrate how extreme environments require specialized adaptations, resulting in strange appearances in some species. Among the species featured in Oddwater is the chambered nautilus, noticed for its unusual movement using jet propulsion. The lion fish is a fatal beauty to unsuspecting prey. The bridal burrfish is curious and appears to be smiling. Oddwater will take a look at these and many other ocean life forms, showing visitors how their unusual and sometimes bizarre adaptations help them survive.

 

“Our goal with Oddwater was to create a fresh, illuminative, and somewhat odd look that we haven't seen before,” said Jim Burke, Aquarium Director of Animal Husbandry.  “The concept originated well over a year ago from two members of the Animal Husbandry Team, Kevin Clifford and Warren Shead, and has now developed into an extraordinary mixed media exhibit.” 

 

Colorful blown art glass, created by artists at The Edge Art Gallery, has been placed inside the tanks of the displays, complementing the strange creatures of Oddwater. “We have created a stunning and educational fusion of two very different things, art and aquaria,” said Burke.  “The glass art was created specifically for each display based on the actual habitat structures and the requirements of the animals.” 

 

As visitors enter Oddwater, they will see a giant screen showing video footage of the most peculiar marine life forms of all, which also happen to be the most inaccessible. Throughout the exhibit will be digital images and colorful murals painted by artist Michael Cole.

 

Oddwater’s interactive components include a sting ray touch pool where visitors will be encouraged to touch sting rays, which are harmless when their barbs are trimmed.  A crawl through tank offers a close look at “lookdowns,” a silvery, round fish with a blunt forehead. Interactive audio stations throughout the exhibit allow visitors to hear details about Oddwater species.  The Bioluminescent Theater will show a film called “Secret Lights of the Sea.” It is about animals that make their own light, a chemical reaction, called bioluminescence. 

 

The animals for this exhibit were chosen by the staff because of their interesting adaptations, their distinctness or their oddness, according to Burke.  “It is great to be part of this innovative effort and we are very proud of what we will be sharing with our guests beginning Memorial Day Weekend!”

 

Memorial Day Weekend Activities:

Saturday, May 24

Oddwater opens 9 am

Summer hours begin at the Aquarium; 9 am – 6 pm

Live music - Gabriel Surley performs 10 am -1 pm

Radio Disney Performs 1 – 3 pm

KYTE-FM radio remote 1 – 3 pm

Face painting 10 am – 2 pm

Children’s craft

Giveaways

 

Sunday, May 25

Live music - Gabriel Surley performs 10 am -1 pm

Face painting 10 am – 2 pm

Children’s craft

Giveaways

 

The Aquarium gratefully acknowledges the major sponsors and friends of Oddwater. Major sponsors include Fred Meyer, Inc. and Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Friends of the exhibit include Jeanette Bertea Hennings Foundation, Henry Lea Hillman, Jr. Foundation, The Jackson Foundation, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust, Trust Management Services, LLC and Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, which provided funds for interactive graphics.

 

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. For more information visit www.aquarium.org

 

 

 
 

Photo Caption: Two Dogface Pufferfish in Oddwater, opening at the Oregon Coast Aquarium this Saturday.

Photo Credit: Cindy Hanson, Oregon Coast Aquarium


Aquarium to Offer a Full Spectrum of Summer Camps Tue, 5/13/2008 - 3:54 PM — rudy

Family Adventure Camps and day care are new additions to summer programs

 

Newport, Oregon The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering a variety of fascinating and fun day camps this summer.  Kids and young adults can choose one or more camps—or a series—each one offering a different topic. “This year we’re offering more camps than ever, including the exciting new Family Adventure Camps,” said Alicia Christiensen, Aquarium Public Programs Coordinator. “We’re also offering after-care this year, which affords parents more freedom while they’re at the coast.” To register for any of the camps, or for more information, call (541) 867-3474 ext 5301. A complete schedule is available on the Aquarium website at www.aquarium.org .

 

June 16th – 19th   Aquarium Internship Camp   Ages 15-18

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how Aquarium staff members filter water, clean exhibits, feed and care for the animals. Meet some of the animals and their keepers and learn all about what it’s like to work at an aquarium.

June 20   Sea Squirts   Ages 2 - 3 and parents

Learn about how slippery Aquarium friends move through the water. Play games, sing songs and dance like a fish out of water. Uncover the secrets to how ocean animals become sensational swimmers. 

June 23-26, or July 21– 24, or Aug 11-14   Sea Survivors Camp     Ages 8 - 9   

Learn how ocean animals stay warm in the winter, where they get their food and sleep at night. Take a close look into how animals survive in one of the most challenging environments on the planet, the Pacific Ocean. Includes a wildlife-watching boat trip.

June 23-26, or July 21– 24, or Aug 11-14   Undersea Adapters Camp    Ages 10-11 

Learn about adaptations that allow marine animals survive in the waters found off the Oregon Coast.  Take a close look at some of the ocean’s coolest creatures and learn about the coastal plants and animals that make their home at the Aquarium. Go outdoors investigating wildlife in their natural habitats.  Includes a wildlife-watching boat trip.

July 2-4    Family Adventure Travel Camp    Ages 6 and up and parents

Families go beach seining, take a wildlife-watching boat trip, a guided tour of the Newport fishing docks, come up close and personal with Aquarium animals, go on a scavenger hunt, sleep with the sharks, and more.  Families provide their own transportation to events off sight.

July 10 – 12   Youth Adventure Travel Camp     Ages 12-15

This action-packed camp has the best the Pacific Coast has to offer!  Have you ever been shrimp-slurping?  Includes kayaking, tidepooling, exploring behind-the-scenes at the aquarium, sleeping with the sharks and more.  

 

 

 

July 11   Sea Squirts: Wonderful Walkers   Ages 2 - 3 and parents 

Investigate the different ways sea creatures walk around in and out of the water. Learn to do the Seal Shimmy, side step like a crab and discover the incredible ways some sea creatures get around.    

July 14 -17   Aqua Rangers Camp, Part I     Ages 6 - 7 

Dive right into where tide pool animals make their homes and learn all about how they catch food, find friends and even play hide and seek.  We’ll use arts and craft projects and musical activities to guide us through our journey.  Includes a wildlife-watching boat trip.

July 14– 17   Oceans Alive Camp, Part I      Ages 4 - 5

Play hide and seek with the animals as we investigate the special body parts sea creatures have to help them swim fast, dive deep and disappear.  Go behind the scenes to meet the keepers and learn more about why our Aquarium animals have spines, flippers, and tube feet.  There will be songs, crafts and stories.

July 31– August 2   Youth Adventure Travel Camp   Ages 12-15

Explore the best the Pacific Northwest coast has to offer!  Go beach seining, take a wildlife-watching boat trip, go on a guided tour of the Newport fishing docks, come up close and personal with Aquarium animals, go on a scavenger hunt, sleep with the sharks, and more.

August 4– 7   Aqua Rangers Camp, Part II      Ages 6 - 7 

Dive into where marine mammals, fish and birds make their homes and learn all about how they catch their food, find friends and take care of their young.  Arts and craft projects, songs and fun activities.  Includes a wildlife-watching boat trip. 

August 4– 7   Oceans Alive! Camp, Part II      Ages 4 - 5

Learn all about ocean animal behavior.  Some animals make loud noises, others spend their days playing games and lounging in the sun. Go behind the scenes and meet the keepers to learn more about how the Aquarium animals behave.  There will be crafts, songs and stories.

 August 7 – 9   Family Adventure Camp      Ages 6 and up and parents

Go kayaking up an estuary, tidepooling, exploring behind-the-scenes at the aquarium, sleeping with the sharks, and more. 

August 15   Sea Squirts: Fantastic Flyers   Ages 2 - 3  and parents

Take flight with some of our fine feathered friends. Learn to fly and flap your arms like a puffin and learn about how feathers help birds to fly. 

 



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