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June 26, 2005
From journal Oregon Coast
June 23, 2004
My kids loved the aquarium! There were tanks of various fish, birds, sea lions.
From journal Weekend at Oregon Coast
November 5, 2003
The Aquarium is actually a series of linked buildings and exhibit areas set in a nicely landscaped area. With viewing overlooks of Newport Bay local nature is also incorporated, in a less predictable way -- what might be in the bay is changeable on any given day. On site facilities include a cafe and gift shop.
--"Passages of the Deep." The "passages," suspended mid-way into the depths, provide a 360-degree view with windows in the floor. The Species Guide lists everything swimming in this tank, each entry linked to more information. Oregon waters contain only about 15 of the world’s 450 shark species and only about a third are represented in the exhibit which you can preview and explore with this online Clickable Exhibit and the Shark Cams. The exhibit works it way from near shore out, progressing to the ocean deeps.
This exhibit can be unnerving for some people, but is housed separately so you can skip it. I’ll admit to being spooked by leaning backwards to watch one swim over me only to notice a dark eye gliding by with only mere inches of glass between it and my face.
If you’re brave enough (with proper certification) volunteer to do interpretive dives (or clean the tanks!) with the sharks.
--"At the Jetty." Features coho salmon and white sturgeon in a 35,000-gallon habitat re-creation.
--"Enchanted Seas." Awww, seahorse babies are so cute -- and tiny. Last time I was here there were dozens of them and births are common. This area’s exhibits focus on some of the more unusual and threatened sea creatures and features a number of Seahorse varieties. Potbelly seahorses really do have a little potbelly, and leafy dragons look like they have leafed branches sprouting from their bodies.
Outside Exhibit Areas:
--A walk-through outdoor seabird aviary. Most notable: tufted puffins.
--Harbor seals and sea lions
--Sea otters, which haven’t been extant in Oregon waters since the early 1900s.
(All sea mammals are rescued animals deemed not releasable.)
Map of Newport with the Aquarium shown as #19.
Open: 9am-6pm, summer; 10am-5pm, winter, closed Christmas.
Contact: 541-867-FISH (recording), (fax) 541-867-6846
From journal In and Around Newport, on the Oregon Coast
May 17, 2003
They feature three exhibits at a time and new ones are being added. There's an underwater passage with sharks and all kinds of undersea creatures to look at. The inside exhibits are great too, with hundreds of types of fish, octopus, crabs and jelly fish. The penguins, otters, and tropical birds are a sight to see as well. There's a small gift shop and they do group tours to accommodate everyone.
From journal Oregon's Best
April 4, 2003
I am glad that I have had the opportunity to see a great place dedicated to educate humans on sea animals and it also looks like a decent place for the animals to live.
From journal Ocean Front