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Oregon Coast Aquarium Hosts World Ocean Day
|Sharky fun at Oregon Coast Aquarium
(Newport, Oregon) - The Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Association
of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will celebrate World Ocean Day June 8 with
a variety of events highlighting the marine environment. World Ocean Day
celebrations are part of "Wonders of Water," AZA's public education
campaign to help people understand that from the air we breathe to the
food we eat, we all depend on the ocean for survival.
"Many of us are not aware how much we affect the ocean
and how much the ocean affects us. For instance, people are usually surprised
to learn that the ocean produces 70 percent of our oxygen," said
Sydney J. Butler, executive director of the AZA. "We invite people
of all ages to join us in the fun and excitement of exploring the amazing
world of the ocean and the animals that depend on it, and learn how everyone
can play a part in conserving this precious resource."
|Whales are on tap during Ocean Day (photo courtesy Whale Watch Center,
World Ocean Day events are included with Aquarium admission.
All-day events include a children's craft, scavenger hunt, biofacts, information
tables hosted by Lincoln County Solid Waste District and the Surfrider
The Pirate Improv Theater offers a fun and interactive
program celebrating the ocean geared to children and adults, taking place
at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm in the theater.
A program titled "Diving with Great Whites" will
be presented by Vern Dipietro, Aquarium dive volunteer, at 1pm in the
theater. Dipietro shares his own experiences diving with great white sharks.
|The aquarium is currently hosting the "Oddwater" exhibit,
showing off all sorts of strange deep sea dwellers
"Gray Whales of the Oregon Coast" will be presented
by whale biologist Carrie Newell at 4 pm in the Aquarium theater. Newell
has studied the gray whale population of the Oregon coast and will share
a journey through the natural history of Oregon's summer resident gray
Children's story time will feature about sea otters, sharks,
and fish from 11a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 - 3 p.m. in the Aquarium's
|Learn more about the Pacific Ocean on June 8 (pictured here: Bayocean
Spit, Tillamook Bay)
Oregon Coast Aquarium. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport,
Oregon. 541-867-3474. www.aquarium.org
Also of note in Newport soon:
The final chapter of Newport’s 125 Anniversary will
happen at the town’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The result
is a massive flurry of 125 explosions at the end of the show. The finale
will quite literally honor the town’s 125 years.
Newport’s Fourth of July celebration always has some
interesting aspects that other local celebrations don’t. Every year,
tens of thousands of tourists and residents gather to witness what may
be the most dynamic display of fireworks in Oregon. The surrounding hills
of Yaquina Bay create an unusual effect where the sound is bounced back
and forth, tripling or quadrupling the explosion noises from the mortars.
|While in Newport, check out the funky rock structure
called Jump-Off Joe in Nye Beach
This year the fourth falls on a Friday, allowing many opportunities
for a full three-day weekend.
Other events coincide with the weekend’s aerial festivities
The Newport Symphony Orchestra gives a free 4th of July
Concert at the Newport. High School. 4 p.m.
Also on July 4, Oregon Coast Aquarium holds its Sea Otter
Encounter for ages eight and up. Learn about the sea otter’s many
adaptations and the challenges these adaptations pose for their caretakers.
Prepare icy sea otter treats and meet a mammalogist to learn about animal
care and feeding as you watch sea otters up close. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. $30
members, $35 nonmembers. Please make reservations in advance by calling
541-867-3474 Ext. 2313. Oregon Coast Aquarium. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd.
Newport, Oregon. 541-867-3474. www.aquarium.org
Beach Clambake takes place on Saturday, July 5, where the entire beachfront
district holds a seafood barbecue and a fair with live music, food booths,
arts and crafts and a celebration of the neighborhood’s history.
For more information on Newport’s fireworks
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