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CELEBRATE THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY!

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What a gorgeous day to celebrate our 80th!
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Tomorrow is the big day, the big 8 'O'! Hope to see you all at our celebration; 1937-2017!
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All of the migratory shorebirds are enjoying this year's bounty of mole crabs. It has been quite the treat to watch.
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Harbor seal pups have been popping up everywhere! Please give them space to rest; In Oregon, the breeding season for harbor seals begins in mid-April which corresponds with the season’s first harbor seal pups showing up on Oregon’s beaches. The pups weigh about 25 pounds at birth, but they grow quickly, doubling their weight within the first month. The mother’s milk is about 40% fat, so she must forage for food as often as possible to keep her energy up and provide for her pup. While she is in search of food, she will leave her pup to rest on the beach (like all newborn babies, seal pups need a lot of sleep). Though you may not be able to see her, she is always nearby. Well-intentioned people sometimes think that a seal pup alone on the beach has been abandoned by its mother, but this is rarely the case. If the pup is moved, it has no chance of reuniting with its mother. If you see a seal pup on the beach, give it plenty of space and leave it alone. On the Northern Oregon Coast you can call the Seaside Aquarium at (503) 738-6211 and someone will post signs around the pup encouraging everyone to stay away. If you are elsewhere, you can contact the Marine Mammal Stranding Network Hotline at 541-270-6830.
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One week left until our 80th and we can't wait! Check out these historic building photographs of the natatorium, circa 1924 and the Aquarium, circa 1940. Come on down, we will take you on a marine adventure, circa 1937!
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Someone left us a present and we love it!! Thank you!
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A big thank you, to the state park's crew at Fort Stevens, for helping us keep this little fur seal safe! Remember if you see a live marine mammal on the beach, keep your distance so that the animal can rest without feeling threatened 😍.
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Check out these nudibranch eggs under a microscope, so much movement! Nudibranchs are hermaphroditic, thus have a set of reproductive organs for both sexes, but they cannot fertilize themselves. They lay strings of pink or white egg capsules that are pinched at intervals, looking like sausage links. After about a week they hatch into veliger larvae, which bear a ciliated swimming organ called the velum. The veligers enter the plankton and spend quite some time there before metamorphosing, into tiny versions of the mature animals.
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Some more fun with eggs! Our nudibranchs are laying eggs too, here is a closer look! Nudibranchs are hermaphroditic, thus have a set of reproductive organs for both sexes, but they cannot fertilize themselves. They lay strings of pink or white egg capsules that are pinched at intervals, looking like sausage links. After about a week they hatch into veliger larvae, which bear a ciliated swimming organ called the velum. The veligers enter the plankton and spend quite some time there before metamorphosing, into tiny versions of the mature animals. Stay tuned for a quick video showing what goes on inside of the eggs before they hatch.
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Looking for something to occupy your time this summer? Consider volunteering for the Haystack Rock Awareness Program. Great people, doing great things!
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An very quick clip of the movement/changes going on through the process of mitoses in newly fertilized sea star eggs. Pay close attention to the fertilized sea star egg in the upper left corner. It is subtle but it is there!
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Fun with sea stars! Our sea stars in our touch tank started spawning yesterday afternoon. Today we thought we would take a little closer look at what was going on, enjoy!
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Great fun with the KIA Hamsters!
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You don't see blue herons foraging in the surf everyday! This heron was feeding on mole crabs and was quite entertaining to watch. After a while of gorging himself on these small crustaceans, he headed off to continue his days journey.
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We are getting excited! Looks like babies are in our future. Our red octopus started laying eggs about a week ago and has been spending the time since carefully cleaning and caring for her eggs.
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#TBT -While sorting through some historical archives for our 80th anniversary we came across our original logo, check out! Our 80th anniversary celebration is on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 and for the ultimate tribute to #TBT our admission prices (for May 25th only) will revert back to the original opening day prices. On opening day May 25th,1937 admission rates for adults were 15 cents and children were 10 cents. Hope to see you all there!
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Admissions will be rolled back to the original 1937 prices: Cash only for the day. Adults .15 cents Children .10 cents Seal food $2.00 per tray The Seaside Aquarium is the oldest privately-owned aquarium on the West Coast. For 80 years, daily operations have relied completely on aquarium admissions and gift shop sales. Thanks to our visitors, we have been successful for 80 years!! To celebrate our anniversary, Seaside Aquarium would like to give back to those who have supported us through the years. All proceeds from admissions and seal food will be donated to the Friends of Haystack Rock and the Wildlife Center of the North Coast. Both organizations will have representatives and special displays set up inside of the aquarium.
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Nudibranch overload! Nudibranchs are essentially sea slugs. They come in a variety of spectacular colors and odd markings. There are over 200 different species roaming our coastline. They feed on algae, sponges, barnacles, and hydroids. Next time you are out exploring the tide pools, keep an eye out for these beauties.
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Surprises from the West!
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We are having a great Earth Day!
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Happy Earth Day!
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Spring is finally here and so are the birds! The tufted puffins have returned to their nesting spots on Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach and we've been spotting whimbrels and Caspian terns in Seaside! Juvenile bald eagles have also been out in force!
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It's not everyday that we get bombarded with this much cuteness. These abandoned ducklings were dropped off at the Aquarium destined for the Wildlife Center of the North Coast. Good luck little ducks!
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A big thank you to everyone who gave this juvenile California sea lion the space it needed to rest. After a few hours of good rest he left Seaside and continued on his way. Remember, these animals use the beach to rest, especially when not feeling well or injured, so please respect their space and let them recoup 😊.
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Seaside Aquarium, 200 North Prom, Seaside, Oregon 97138 Tel: (503) 738-6211.