BirdsThe Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport has been a vibrant member of the coastal community since 1992. A trusted resource for ocean education and conservation, it hosts 15,000+ sea creatures native to the Pacific Northwest.

Typically, between one and two thousand people visit the aquarium ­­daily. Due to its temporary closure and with the majority of its revenue generated from ticket sales, the aquarium is struggling with an estimated $3 million revenue loss. Once Lincoln County moves into Phase 2, the aquarium will reopen with a one-way path through the aquarium. A few areas, such as the touch pool, will remain closed. In the meantime, staff has been reduced and volunteers have been unable to help with the care, feeding and maintenance of the facility.

To stay connected, the aquarium is sharing entertaining, behind-the-scenes videos. Watch and you’ll see curious Osiris the octopus moving up the wall of his enclosure. See how Osiris uses his suckers to interact with his keeper. Did you know that octopus suckers have taste buds?
In normal times and with supervision, aquarium guests can carefully touch the top of the bell of a moon jelly. These sea jellies have weak stinging cells, and human skin is too thick for its sting to penetrate. If you find a jelly on the beach, however, be careful not to touch it, as they can sting even when they are not alive. And, the one you find on the beach may be more dangerous than a moon jelly.

Learn what a day is like for an aquarist, an aviculturist, an a mammologist. Staff at the aquarium are busy preparing food, planning animal enrichment activities and continuing training to keep the animals mentally stimulated.

It’s currently breeding season for the sea birds, and staff are closely monitoring the nests and the birds’ behavior. The seals and sea lions miss the attention of visitors, so staff are conducting training sessions through visitor observation windows where these mammals can see them.

If you are in a position to help support this community gem, please consider a making a donation to the aquarium’s Emergency Operating Fund, or purchase an annual membership.