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Seaside Aquarium - (11/22/2021 11:00:34 pm)
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Seaside Aquarium - (11/22/2021 10:51:50 pm)
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Seaside Aquarium - (11/22/2021 10:09:57 pm)
It all started on Tuesday, November 16th. A report came through to the Seaside Aquarium about a stranded turtle near Ocean Park, Washington. The aquarium crew quickly responded but by the time they arrived the turtle had vanished. It was assumed that someone came across the turtle on the beach, thought it was dead, and picked it up. An action that is highly illegal. At 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning the aquarium got another report of a stranded turtle but this time it was a bit further north in Oysterville, Washington. The aquarium asked if the reporting party would stay with the turtle until staff could get up there and retrieve the turtle. Luckily, they had the time and were thrilled to stay and “turtle sit”. When staff arrived, they were surprised to see that it was the same sea turtle that had been stranded nearly a week earlier. Distinctive marks on the turtle’s shell confirmed it was the same animal. When these cold-stunned sea turtles wind up on the beach it can be very difficult to determine if the animal is dead or alive. They can be unresponsive, and their heartbeat can slow to one beat per minute. Other than being highly illegal, it is important to never take a sea turtle off the beach. Though it might look dead, there is a chance it is still alive. In fact, when the aquarium responds to stranded sea turtles, they treat them all as if they are alive until proven otherwise and that is exactly how they treated this turtle. The fully grown, olive ridley sea turtle, was not showing any signs of life but it wasn’t until the turtle had been recovered and taken back to the Seaside Aquarium for observation that it was eventually declared dead. It is still unknown if someone came across the turtle on Tuesday, November 16th and picked it up, only to put the turtle back on the beach later in the week or if the turtle somehow swam back out, something that we have never had happen before. While this situation is very sad, the aquarium would like to take the time to thank everyone involved in trying to rescue this animal. Thank you to the reporting party, Portland State University for helping to organize transfer of the turtle to a rehab facility, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium for being willing to take the turtle in for rehabilitation. As far as we know this is the fourth turtle to be recovered in the last two months and “turtle season” has just begun. Two Olive Ridley sea turtles stranded in Oregon October 27th, 2021 both were alive and taken to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and a green sea turtle stranded on the Washington Coast and is currently undergoing rehab at the Seattle Aquarium. Cold-stunned sea turtles can be extremely difficult to rehab. Not only are they suffering from extreme hypothermia, but they also often have other underlying conditions such as pneumonia, infection, and dehydration. They are also prone to broken bones or damage to their shell due to stormy weather, heavy surf, or stranding on a rocky beach. It takes a great deal of care and dedication to work with these animals knowing only about 5% survive. If you do happen to come across a sea turtle on either an Oregon or Washington beach contact the closest aquarium, state police, or the marine mammal stranding network. If possible, stay with the turtle until someone can respond. Do not move or touch the turtle unless advised to do so by a stranding official.
Seaside Aquarium - (11/06/2021 11:23:40 pm)
King Tides Day Two: The surf picked up a bit today and the tide was just a wee bit bigger. One more day left in the series. Remember to always make sure you are in a safe location when observing the ocean, especially during King Tides.
Seaside Aquarium - (11/06/2021 06:50:40 pm)
While the weather was not very cooperative we did have a few brave souls who were happy to help out today! A big thank you to Ability Training Services and our 16 other volunteers. With your help we were able to remove 75 pounds of trash off of the beach.
Seaside Aquarium - (11/05/2021 08:27:24 pm)
It was a beautiful day to be out photographing the King Tides. While this King Tide was not too spectacular, always be sure to observe from a safe distance. Also a quick reminder of tomorrow's beach cleanup. For those brave enough to endure the weather, the beach cleanup goes from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Seaside Aquarium - (10/28/2021 12:58:32 am)
A 50 pound, olive ridley sea turtle was found one mile north of the Peter Iredale shipwreck in Hammond, Oregon. The turtle was found by Samuel K. Gardner. The turtle appeared dead at first but shortly after finding the animal Samuel realized that it was still alive and contacted Seaside Aquarium. Samuel was soon joined by Alec and Corinne Reeves who just happened to be walking on the beach. The Aquarium quickly geared up to retrieve the turtle but with the incoming tide and heavy surf it was going to be challenging to get onto the beach. As the tide continued to come in and the surf raged up the beach, Samuel and Alec decided that it would be best to get the turtle to a more secure location. Usually, it is best not to move a sea turtle until responders arrive but in this case it was necessary if the turtle was going to survive. Samuel and Alec carried the turtle over a mile and were able to meet up with the responding staff from Seaside Aquarium. The turtle was quickly loaded up and taken to the Seaside Aquarium for evaluation. It was one of the most active sea turtles staff at the aquarium had dealt with in a long time, which was an uplifting sign. Thirty minutes after the turtle arrived at Seaside Aquarium staff was informed that not only was the Oregon Coast Aquarium ready and prepared to take in cold stunned sea turtles but that they had another olive ridley sea turtle en route. The second turtle was found on the southern Oregon coast. Staff from the Seaside Aquarium drove the turtle down to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, one of two licensed rehab facilities for sea turtles in the Pacific Northwest; the other facility is the Seattle Aquarium. While we are all hopeful for the recovery and release, everyone involved knows that this turtle has a long road ahead. A huge thank you to Samuel Gardner and Corinne and Alec Reeves!
Seaside Aquarium - (10/01/2021 09:33:28 pm)
Dissection of the Opah! Watch as students from the Warrenton Middle School dissect the Opah that washed ashore in July. They will be guided by Nate Sandel the educational director for the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
Seaside Aquarium - (10/01/2021 02:48:45 pm)
Today is the big day! Join us on Facebook Live at 2:30 p.m. Nate Sandel, educational director for the Columbia River Maritime Museum, will be walking Warrenton 7th graders through the dissection of the Opah that washed ashore near Sunset Beach back in July.
Seaside Aquarium - (09/24/2021 12:28:11 am)
*Update: A necropsy was preformed on the humpback whale that washed ashore on August 30th near Ocean Park, Washington. Like we suspected, there was no clear cause of death. It can be difficult to determine the cause of death with large whales, especially those that have been dead for quite sometime before washing ashore. What we can say is that it appeared to have a healthy layer of blubber and lots of food in its belly. I know a lot of people were concerned about plastics. No plastics were found. Photographs courtesy Mollie Schimdt
Seaside Aquarium - (09/22/2021 11:24:08 pm)
Not exactly something you find everyday along the Columbia River. This six-foot Mola mola, also known as an ocean sunfish, was brought up river by yesterday's high tide. Mola mola are often found off of the Oregon Coast, especially in the summer but they tend to linger further offshore. These gentle giants can reach at least 8.9 feet in length and weigh over 5,000 pounds! There was also a report yesterday of one on the beach in Manzantia. So what's with all of the dead animals on the beach lately? As Fall begins and the weather starts changing things that have died out at sea get pushed around by heavier winds and surf. It is not unusual to come across a few dead animals on the beach after a storm.
Seaside Aquarium - (09/21/2021 06:50:23 pm)
A four-foot salmon shark washed ashore yesterday in Arch Cape. The little shark had died before washing in. Luckily, it was still in great condition and we were able to recover the shark. It will be dissected by a local school group and samples will be taken to help scientists learn more about these amazing creatures. Did you know 17 species of shark reside in Oregon’s coastal waters? From the legendary Great white to the large basking shark and the innocuous spiny dogfish, Oregon’s sharks are part of the complex ocean food web. During summer and fall months, Oregonians may notice juvenile sharks stranded on the beach. The salmon shark species is one of the most common species to wash ashore. Named for their diet preference of eating salmon, the quick-swimming salmon shark can become stranded throughout the year, but are most commonly found during summer months. Salmon sharks give live birth to 2-4 pups off the southern Oregon coast in the spring and the juveniles follow ocean currents and prey. While this species is able to thermoregulate (control their body temperature up to 15 degrees Celsius above surrounding water temperature) and navigate vertically throughout the water column, some juveniles end up outside their ideal temperature range and are unable to thrive. With an average length of seven feet and weighing in at 300 pounds, mature salmon sharks are quick enough to catch salmon, birds, squid and herring. With grey bodies and white bellies salmon sharks are often mistaken for the great white, but major differences in size, diet, and teeth patterns set the salmon sharks apart. Salmon shark teeth are notably pointed and smooth while white shark teeth are triangular and serrated. While the salmon shark may look fierce, there has never been a reported incident of a salmon shark attack on a human. If you have a question about a stranded shark or other stranded marine life, be sure to contact local experts at the Seaside Aquarium 503.738.6211.
Seaside Aquarium - (09/19/2021 09:10:30 pm)
The calm after the storm. It was a great day to be at the beach. Lots of little jelly fish on the beach along with a few skin breathing sea cucumbers. #seasideaquarium #seaside #seasideoregon #oregoncoast #doublerainbow #pacificnorthwest #pacificocean #jellyfish
Seaside Aquarium - (09/03/2021 06:26:40 pm)
It's time again, to Treasure the Beach! Tomorrow is our monthly beach cleanup. The cleanup goes from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Pick up your beach cleaning supplies at the end of 2nd Ave. right next to the Aquarium. See you tomorrow!
Seaside Aquarium - (08/31/2021 01:23:28 am)
A 43-foot humpback whale has washed ashore near Ocean Park, Washington. A necropsy will be scheduled for later on this week, however since this whale has been dead for quite sometime, determining the cause of death is unlikely.
Seaside Aquarium - (08/27/2021 09:22:52 pm)
Just a friendly reminder, we will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, August 28th for our annual Employee Appreciation Day. We will be open on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Seaside Aquarium - (08/25/2021 11:01:15 pm)
Have you had a chance to visit the puffins at Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach? If not, there is still time but not much. Any day now the puffins nesting on Haystack Rock will depart for the open ocean where they spend the winter. The puffins are most active first thing in the morning. So, grab your binoculars and head on down before it's too late.
Seaside Aquarium - (08/24/2021 06:33:10 pm)
Our rubescens octopus is hiding more than just herself... A couple days ago we noticed that she laid eggs! She laid them inside of the barnacle shell she calls home and you can only see them when she is cleaning them. It will take about 4 to 6 weeks before they hatch. As larvae, they prefer to feed on hermit crab larvae which are not easy to come by, so we will be releasing the babies into the intertidal zone as soon as they hatch.
Seaside Aquarium - (08/17/2021 08:58:26 pm)
We came across a very sad scene this morning. Two pelicans were entangled in fishing line. While one was still alive, it appeared that the other pelican had drown and died. We were able to cut the fishing line and separate the pelicans, however the fishing line was embedded deeply into the live pelican’s wing, and he was unable to fly. Luckily, we were able to safely capture the injured pelican, which was taken to the Wildlife Center of the North Coast, a license nonprofit animal rehab center. If all goes well, this pelican will get the care he needs and released once healthy enough to fend for itself. For more information on the Wildlife Center of the North Coast visit: Wildlife Center of the North Coast – non-profit wildlife rehab facility (
Seaside Aquarium - (08/16/2021 12:03:55 am)
Thousands of live sand dollars are washing ashore on the south end of Seaside Beach. It appears that they are washing in during the afternoon high tides and getting stranded along the high tide line. They are still alive when stranded but are unable to make it back to the water once the tide recedes. This is resulting in them drying up and dying. At this time, we do not know what has caused this, and these types of incidents usually have several contributing factors. We are also unaware if this is an isolated incident or if this is happing on other beaches. It is hard to convey how many sand dollars on washing in. Clink here to see a short video: Sand dollars are related to sea urchins. The outside of their shell is covered with millions of tiny spines which look like ‘fuzz’ or hair. These spines aid in the movement and feeding of the sand dollar. On the underside, in the center of the sand dollar is its mouth. A sand dollar’s diet consists of plankton, which they break down with their five small teeth. Each tooth closely resembles the shape of a bird, and many people refer to them as ‘doves’. Sand dollars are found worldwide and there are many different species, each with their own unique characteristics. How can you tell if a sand dollar is alive? The best indication would be if the sand dollar is still ‘fuzzy’. You may want to leave the ‘fuzzy ones on the beach, as they can smell quite badly if taken home.
Seaside Aquarium - (08/13/2021 03:49:06 am)
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Seaside Aquarium - (08/09/2021 06:09:25 pm)
We had quite the weekend but the highlight was all of the cute dachshunds! Thanks for visiting.
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