Central Oregon Coast Scientists Set Octopus Free Next Week
(Newport, Oregon) - For those that grew up in Oregon, one thing they always remember about the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport is the octopus lounging around a big tank in the entrance way. One common and understandable misconception is that it's been the same octopus all the time, all these years.
That is not the case. (At right: the Hatfield's octopus in the "Octo-cam")
Every nine months or so, the central Oregon coast attraction has to say goodbye to their famed octopus, and on May 14 they will be doing just that again. This one is called Miss Oscar.
“Due to recent lethargic behavior from Miss Oscar we are planning for her release soon,” said Hatfield aquarist Colleen Newberg.
Dr. Bill Hanshumaker, spokesman for the Hatfield, said they only keep the octopus for nine months, then let them go back into the wild to reproduce. The Giant Pacific Octopus has a life span of only a few years. They die shortly after reproducing.
So this is the final goodbye for the Hatfield's aquatic greeter.
The Hatfield will release Miss Oscar between 2 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. Those who want to watch can see it happen in South Beach, near the Hatfield, at the old boat ramp behind Rogue Brewery.
2030 SE Marine Science Dr Newport, Oregon. (541) 867-0100.
More about Newport below, it's events, places to stay in Newport, sights, and the Newport, Oregon Virtual Tour, Map.
More About Newport Lodging.....
More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....
LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles
New Year's Eve on Oregon Coast, 2014: Funky to Fine
Fine dining and a civilized celebration; or wilder side where whiskey flows freely. Newport events, Lincoln City events, Cannon Beach events, Pacific City events, Astoria events, Depoe Bay events, Manzanita events
Central Oregon Coast's Newport Seafood Wine Fest Tickets Now On Sale
Newport's Seafood and Wine Festival is in its 38th year now, with the 2015 date coming up: February 19 - 22 Newport events
Solstice Celebration and Dance in Two Towns on Central Oregon Coast
The town of Newport and the sprawling burgh of Lincoln City both hold different events in honor of the big seasonal shift. Lincoln City events, Newport events
Jellyfish Talk This Week in Newport, Central Oregon Coast
They are the subject of a talk given by Dr. Richard Brodeur on December 18 at the PUD. Newport events
Massive Holiday Celebrations in Tiny Yachats, Central Oregon Coast
It is crammed full of holiday celebrations this month, including the local lighthouse, known collectively as the Yachats Winter Celebration. Yachats events, Newport events
Central Oregon Coast Lighted Boat Parade This Weekend
Scenic Yaquina Bay is the backdrop for the 21st annual Lighted Boat Parade. Newport events, Yachats events
Central Oregon Coast Holidays at Museums, Lighthouses
There are major holidays events surrounding Newport's lighthouses and another at the history museum. Newport events
Oregon Coast OMSI Facility to Include Large Science Camp
Already the science hotspot is working on a marine sciences camp that would serve 5,000 over the course of a year. Newport attractions
Back to Oregon Coast
Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted