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Today we got invited to help survey the lower Columbia River for any marine mammals which may have been affected by the recent oil spill (which has been contained and plans are in the work to clean up). Joined by executive director Josh Saranpaa, we were delighted to see that at this point in time, it doesn't seem to have affected any local sea birds or marine mammals. We will keep our eyes pealed for any changes but it is looking good. If you see any injured or struggling birds call the Wildlife Center of the North Coast at 503-338-0331. If you happen to come across any live or dead marine mammals, please call 503-738-6211.
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Here is a quick clip of the high surf in Seaside this afternoon at the cove. Be safe!
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It's a bit stormy today!
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It is going to be a beautiful day, it's already a warm 54 degrees on the beach! Time to get out and play!
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Looking for something fun and educational? Wednesday, January 10th the Friends of Haystack Rock will be sponsoring a unique lecture on Oregon marine reserves. The lecture, given my Wolfe Wagman with ODFW, titled, "The Marine Reserves Research Project" will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Library. The lecture is free wand snacks and coffee will be provided.
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One our girls had the day off and decided to go whale watching, as the Gray whales are currently passing by the Oregon coast on their way down to sunny Mexico to give birth. Though she did not see any whales, she did see a giant cloud resembling a whale diving into the ocean.
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Yesterday we had one of the largest high tides of the year (commonly refereed to as a King Tide). We went down to the tide line to see what was washing in. Join us as we explore yesterday's King Tide...
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A thirty foot root wad came floating down the Necanicum River today. Thankfully the City of Seaside was able to guide it past the bridges without any problems. Good job!
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Beautiful mornings, sunsets, clam tides and crab dinners 2018 is off to a great start!
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Check out today beach find, sea cherubs! Sea cherubs (Cliopsis krohni) are small free-swimming sea slugs and can be found all warm and temperate seas. Though they can and do swim, they are unable to move against the ocean's currents so they simply drift along waiting to come across their next meal. They are voraciously predators, feeding on prey three times their own size (which is under 1.5 inches).
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The elk are ready for takeoff!
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Just hanging....our decorater crabs are fitting right in, in their new home. These small crabs are able to attach shells, seaweed, algae, and even sea anemones to their shell to help camouflage themselves. When moved from one area and placed into another, these crabs will detach the items adorned to its shell for new items found in their new location. We will have to see what these crazy crabs choose to use to decorate their shell in their new home!
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Approximately 120 tufted puffins come to Haystack Rock every Spring to lay, hatch and raise their young! Join us on December 13th, at the Cannon Beach Library, at 7:00 p.m. to learn more about the precious puffins who visit us every year. In this month's library lecture series Shawn Stephensen will be presenting, "The Puffin Study". Since 2010 Shawn has be surveying and studying the puffins at Haystack Rock for the USFW. Dive into this fabulous world as Shawn introduces us to the intimate relationship between the tufted puffins and Haystack Rock. Hope to see you all there!
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It is a picture perfect day in Seaside! A bit eerie for December especially because this week marks the 10 year anniversary of the record breaking storm that left us without power for multiple days😱.
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Great people, doing great things! If you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer, here's your chance!
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On December 2nd, a 38-foot Japanese fishing boat washed ashore at the south end of Arcadia Beach, just a few miles south of Cannon Beach. The boat was covered in large, pelagic gooseneck barnacles which indicated it had been floating out at sea for quite some time because pelagic gooseneck barnacles are a species of barnacles that only attached to drifting debris (you'll will often see them attached to driftwood). The boat has been examined and is not believed to have any non-native species. Plans are underway to remove it from the beach. If you have a chance to see it before it's gone, it is quite a beautiful boat, and a good reminder to refresh your tsunami emergency plan!
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We just picked up a live sea turtle off of the Columbia River Beach. It's shell is in pretty rough condition but it is alive and we are hopping for the best!
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So far, so good! Miss Turkey Turtle, found on the southern Washington Coast is doing well at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. We want to thank everyone involved, who put the extra effort in, giving this turtle a second chance! She still has a long road ahead of her but she is in good hands. http://koin.com/2017/11/27/beaverton-couple-saves-endangered-sea-turtle/
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We've been getting a lot of questions regarding these strange pink pickles on the beach. Here is a brief explanation on these strange creatures : Pyrosome atlanticum, a pelagic colonial tunicate, usually found in temperate waters, have been washing ashore on Oregon's beaches. This colony of animals is comprised of thousands of individual zooids and moves through the water column by the means of cilia. They filter plankton out of the water for food and are known for bight displays of bioluminescence. In fact, their scientific name is derived from the Greek words pyro meaning 'fire' and soma meaning 'body. It's one of the few pyrosomes that make it to the west coast of the U.S., much less Oregon's waters. The ones that have been washing up on the Oregon coast seem to be a little longer than the average hand, but this species of pyrosome can be as long as 24 inches. Largely colorless once stranded on shore, they can show up as pink, grayish or purple-green.
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It's that time of year again! Our annual food drive is officially underway. From now until New Year's Day you can gain admission into the Aquarium for two cans of food. Hope to see you soon!
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Today we are thankful for all of our friends! Happy Thanksgiving, we will see you tomorrow!
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Brian Yelle, don't worry she has company😁.
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Look who we just picked up! This 50 pound Olive Ridley sea turtle just came ashore near Benson Beach. USFW are on there way to pick her up and transfer her to the Oregon Coast Aquarium for rehab. Good luck big girl!
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