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February 23, 2015

Tropical Sea Turtle Flies South for Recovery

Contacts: Laura Todd, FWS, 541-867-4558 ext. 237/541-961-6904, laura_todd@fws.gov Erin Paxton, Oregon Coast Aquarium, 541- 867-3474 x 5224, erin.paxton@aquarium.org PA2 Robert Simpson, U.S. Coast Guard, 619-252-1304, Robert.L.Simpson@uscg.mil Newport, Oregon–Solstice, a distressed sea turtle that was rescued and then successfully treated by the Oregon Coast Aquarium and U.S Fish and Wild... more

February 18, 2015

Media Advisory: Solstice the turtle to be transferred

WHAT: Solstice, a recovering sea turtle, will be moved from the Oregon Coast Aquarium to San Diego for eventual return to the wild via U.S. Coast Guard C-130 training mission. WHEN: Depart from Oregon Coast Aquarium with arrival at the Newport Municipal Airport between approximately 10:00 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 24. Scheduled to arrive ... more

February 03, 2015

Pucker up! It’s Almost Valentine’s Day at the Aquarium

 Newport, Oregon—Valentine’s Day marks the perfect season to share tokens of affection. At the Oregon Coast Aquarium, that means whiskery seal and sea lion smooches. The Aquarium is honoring the holiday that celebrates love by providing visitors with an opportunity to experience kisses unlike any other at a discounted price on February 14 and 15. Participants may delight in sharing an af... more

January 13, 2015

Aquarium Offers Teens an Ocean of Summer Fun

Newport, Oregon—Do you know a teen that aspires to be the next Jack Hannah, Jeff Corwin or the late, great Steve Irwin? The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering youngsters a chance to tread in their footsteps. The Aquarium’s volunteer program takes high school age youth on a journey of discovery. Speaking on behalf of animals and their environments is no simple task, which is why the Aquarium is... more

January 06, 2015

Solstice the Turtle Swims Toward Recovery

Newport, Oregon—Solstice the turtle flapped her flippers in water over the weekend. This should be business as usual for an olive ridley turtle, but for Solstice it is a significant milestone in her journey toward recovery. Solstice arrived at the Oregon Coast Aquarium hypothermic, dehydrated and emaciated on December 22. The sub-adult turtle had ventured far from the warm temperate waters of... more

December 30, 2014

Stranded Sea Turtle warms up at Aquarium

Newport, Oregon— One week into her rehabilitation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, “Solstice” a distressed olive ridley turtle, is showing slight signs of improvement. Solstice, whose stranding coincided with the winter solstice, was found hypothermic and dehydrated on a beach in Oysterville, Washington. Her location alone indicated something was amiss, as the Pacific Northwest has much colder wa... more

December 29, 2014

Aquarium’s Sea & Me Exhibit Ships out Soon

Newport, Oregon—Catch it while you can, the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Sea & Me exhibit will sail away on January 5. Visitors have just one more week to take a final drive in the yellow submarine, watch seahorses tail wrestle, and stroll over cichlids. The Sea & Me has been a popular fixture with young families and school groups during its three year tenure. Its interactive displays were d... more

December 18, 2014

Celebrate the Season, Aquarium Style

Newport, Oregon— Animals at the Oregon Coast Aquarium will enjoy a very merry “fishmas” and a happy new year thanks to the thousands of members and visitors that support the highest rated aquarium in the state. How do animals at the Aquarium celebrate the holiday season? With enrichment! Enrichment is what those in the animal care industry call toys, training and other carefully orchestrated e... more

December 11, 2014

Aquarium Claws into Crab Fisheries Day

Newport, Oregon—A hand-clapping, claw-snapping good time will scuttle into the Oregon Coast Aquarium on December 29 for Crab Fisheries Day. It’s no secret that the folks at the Aquarium love crabs. They even dedicated a special exhibit, complete with a theme song, about the clawed crustaceans a few years ago. This annual event gives the Aquarium’s crew an opportunity to serve up an in-depth lo... more

December 08, 2014

Drifters to Dazzle Preschoolers at Aquarium Program

Newport, Oregon—Not all animals that live in the ocean swim, many navigate their watery world by passively drifting. Despite their spineless and sometimes brainless states, these animals are truly dazzling. Young children and their families will have a chance to peer into the world of jellies and tiny, bioluminescent plankton at the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Aquatots program on Wednesday, Decemb... more