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We are having a wonderful day at the Clean Water Festival. Over 300 3rd graders learning about respecting all of the ocean's critters and their environment!
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Being part of the Southern Washington/ Northern Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network, we are used to getting strange calls at all hours. Yesterday evening at 6:00 p.m. we received a call about a strange animal buried in the sand on the Long Beach Peninsula. We were very surprised to find out that it was a Pacific Snake Eel (Ophichthus triserialis) an animal which has never been seen on the Washington Coast. Candace Woodbury found the fish buried in the sand but far from the water’s edge. Concerned and curious about what type of fish is was, she called the Seaside Aquarium. https://youtu.be/d6R3hVl9ebA (video credit Candace Woodbury). When we received the pictures of the animal on the beach, we knew it was something special, but we also knew that though buried in the sand it had been out of the water for some time. These fish are usually found at depths between 25 feet and 500 feet. When we arrived, we uncovered the fish which was remarkably still alive and got it into sea water. Too lethargic to be returned to the sea, we decided to bring it back to the Aquarium. The eel is currently in an isolated in a tank which we are slowly warming to make the eel more comfortable. There is some damage on its pectoral fins that we are hoping will heal. Pacific Snake Eels range from Peru to northern California. In fact, according to ODFW they have only been found twice on the Oregon coast, both had already died before being spotted.
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Have you ever seen a Pacific Snake Eel (Ophichthus triserialis)? We hadn’t, that is until last night and neither had the Washington Coast. In fact, as far as we can tell this is the first time that a Pacific Snake Eel has been found in Washington.
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Sunday we aided in the rescue of a beaver who lost it's way. Found out on the beach near the mouth of the Necanicum River, this exhausted beaver was taken to the Wildlife Center of the North Coast for some TLC. Good luck little buddy!
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What a wonderful week. We had our Treasure the Beach, beach clean up. With help, we were able to remove 180 pounds of trash from the beach, including large bag of rope. Then we got to celebrate our manager's 40th anniversary with the Seaside Aquarium. The Seaside Aquarium wouldn't be what it is today without him! A big thank you to our board of directors for putting on such a lovely celebration.
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It is a beautiful day to be out on the beach!
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We got another dusting of snow this morning!
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Most plankton are tiny and barely visible with the naked eye, but jellyfish are considered plankton and can grow to be many feet long! There are two main types of plankton; zooplankton and phytoplankton. Zooplankton are animals and phytoplankton are plants. Phytoplankton are at the very bottom of the marine food web using sunlight to create energy to synthesize carbon dioxide and water into food (photosynthesis). Most zooplankton rely on phytoplankton as their main source of food. And in turn many marine animals eat zooplankton including whales! Life as we know it in the ocean wouldn't be possible without these amazing little plants.
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Students from Astoria High School dissected deceased juvenile sharks on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 as part of Lee Cain’s Fisheries Course. Shark specimens were retrieved off local Clatsop County beaches by trained Seaside Aquarium staff in accordance with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Students were able to work in pairs and gain hands-on experience with assistance from teacher Lee Cain and staff from the Aquarium. Students were able to dissect Salmon Sharks (lamna ditropis) and Blue Sharks (prionace glauca). Blue sharks can reach up to 10 feet whereas salmon sharks can reach up to 21 feet, both are commonly found off the Oregon Coast. Juveniles that fail to thrive can wash ashore during their migratory patterns that span throughout the majority of the Northern Pacific. All of the specimens found for the high school were found stranded on the beach. When a live shark on the beach gets reported to the Seaside Aquarium, staff will respond and try to get the shark back into the water. If the stranded shark cannot make it past the surf and continues to wash back in Aquarium staff will bring it back to the Aquarium and do what they can to try to save it. Most attempts are futile, there is usually a reason a shark strands itself, but we always try to give them their best chance of survival. Though sad, it gives students an unique opportunity to learn and get a better appreciation for these magnificent creatures.
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We got a call this afternoon from a nice gentleman named Ben. While walking on the beach near the Jetty he found some fish eggs, which had just recently washed ashore. Curious to what they were and if they could be saved, he called us. They turned out to be lingcod eggs. We have placed them into a tank with fresh ocean water going into it and now we will have to wait and see if they are still viable. Thanks for the call Ben!
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It's snowing on the beach!
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Current weather conditions at the Aquarium!
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What a beautiful surprise to wake up to this morning.The snow made it all the way to the beach today! Be sure to bundle up if you go outside today and be safe on the roads. And enjoy the snow while it lasts!
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What a great turnout we had today for the monthly 'Treasure the Beach' cleanup event in Seaside! Lots of people volunteered their time to help pick up trash in the dunes and along the shore. We have a very clean beach again and we would like to thank everyone for the past and future support!
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Treasure the Beach is tomorrow morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Pick up your SOLVE bags and gloves in front of the Seashore Inn. Thank you for helping us keep Seaside Beach clean and safe for everyone.
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Unfortunately, despite everyone's best efforts the sea turtle did not make it. We would like to take the time to thank everyone for their well wishes and a special thanks to both the Seattle Aquarium and the Oregon Coast Aquarium for all of their hard work and efforts in rehabbing sea turtles found on Oregon and Washington beaches. Another thank you to Don Best for his quick reporting of the stranded turtle.
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At 9:00 am this morning we received a call of a sea turtle found at Rockaway Beach. The turtle is a male olive ridley sea turtle that was barely moving due to the cold. Staff at the Seaside Aquarium were able to get it off the beach to begin warming it up. The turtle is now on it's way to the Seattle Aquarium to begin the process of rehabilitation. Hopefully all will go well and the turtle will be released back into warmer waters.
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We are on the look out for a fur seal entangled in rope. This morning we responded to this fur seal with rope around it's neck on the south end of Seaside beach. We were hoping to capture the little guy and remove the rope and let him free. Unfortunately, he was quite spry and swam away as soon as we approached. If you seem him please give us a call at 503-738-6211, we would really like to help the little guy out.
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According to NOAA "Guadalupe fur seals are members of the “eared seal” family, Otariidae. Their breeding grounds are almost entirely on Guadalupe Island, off the Pacific coast of Mexico, with recent re-colonization off the San Benito Archipelago. A small number of Guadalupe fur seals have also been reported on the northern Channel Islands off California. Commercial sealers heavily hunted Guadalupe fur seals in the 1700s to the 1800s until they were thought to be extinct in the early 1900s. Dr. Hubbs and Dr. Bartholomew from the University of California rediscovered them breeding in a cave on Guadalupe Island in 1954. The Guadalupe fur seal population has continued to increase from the small remnant group on Guadalupe Island due to protection by the Mexican Government. Guadalupe fur seals are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act." To learn more about Guadalupe fur seals visit: www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/guadalupe-fur-seal
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We responded to a Guadalupe fur seal today who decided hau-lout for some rest. This animal was first seen on Monday, January 7th entangled in rope near Ocean Shores, Washington. Luckily, Washington police officers were able to cut the fur seal free and the fur seal happily took off back to the ocean. The three-foot juvenile fur seal, is headed south and looks to be fat and healthy (minus some superficial wounds from the rope that appear to be healing). Good luck little buddy!
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This afternoon we got a call about a large skate which washed ashore at the Cove. Upon closer examination we were able to determine that the four-foot skate was a female longnose skate (Raja rhina), which had been very close to laying an egg casing (often referred to as a mermaid’s purse). The egg casing was about 5 inches long and was still in the process of developing. Longnose skates can reach a maximum size of 4 ½ feet and can live for 20+ years. They are bottom feeders, which have adapted a unique way of capturing prey by pouncing on top of their victims and pinning them to the ocean floor. We also noticed quite a few larger moon jellies littering the shore line, half of a small, male California sea lion skull and a hatched-out egg casing from another type of much smaller skate, a black skate. Happy beachcombing! If you ever find something on the beach you can not identify and would like to know what it is, send us a clear photograph and we will do our best to identify the creature for you.
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Look who we found on the beach...a jellyfish-dwelling anemone! After the larva of this anemone is ingested by a jellyfish, the tables are turned as it begins to feed on the host's internal organs. Eventually it transforms into an almost transparent anemone that hangs inside the jelly. Ultimately the anemone drops off and assumes a bottom-dwelling existence in a mud/sand habitat. The fate of the host jelly is not always predictable.
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Have you ever seen a hermit crab without a shell on? This little guy washed in after some rough weather and somehow lost his shell. You can see that their body doesn't look much like a true crab at all. Their abdomen forms a tail that curls up much likes a shrimp's tail. Their abdomen is also very soft so they borrow empty snail shells to live in. As they grow they need to exchange this shell for a bigger one. Luckily we were able to give this guy a new shell and he seems much happier!
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This beautiful, saw-whet owl came to us with what appeared to be a broken wing. It will be taken to the Wildlife Center of the North Coast for further evaluation, treatment, and love! Good luck little buddy. The northern saw-whet owl (Aegolius acadicus) is the most common owl found in forests across North America. Those that live in forests near the coastline have been seen feeding on marine invertebrates such as amphipods and isopods.
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This year's first Treasure the Beach event was a success. Thank you to everyone who showed up and helped clean the beach. With your help we were able to remove 80 pounds of trash from the beach! Join us Saturday, February 2nd for the next beach clean up.
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