180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
OPB Digs Into Oregon Coast Aquarium and Its
|Evonne Mochon-Collura and her wolf-eels
(Newport, Oregon) – The tale of wolf-Eels and their
birth will be the focus of an October 18 episode of Oregon Public Broadcasting's
Oregon Field Guide, as the longtime favorite show explores the efforts
of one biologist at the Oregon Coast Aquarium to help the wee odd creatures
along during their hatching.
The show airs at 8:30 p.m. every Thursday evening on OPB.
The segment will air on the October 18 episode. The segment will air again
the following Sunday, October 20 at 6 p.m.
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Television producer-reporter Jim Newman covered the story
on location last year, featuring Evonne Mochon-Collura and the process
of pulling the egg cluster, incubating and observing the hatch of the
“She is very personable and verbal,” said Newman
of Mochon-Collura. Newman, a veteran news producer with more than 27 years
in television production also produces international and national documentaries.
Prior to coming to OPB, he worked at WCCO-TV where he headed up his own
investigative consumer unit and contributed reports to CBS News and CNN.
Oregon Field Guide is a television program about outdoor recreation, ecological
issues, natural resources and travel destinations. In the Mountain Time
zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, and at
6:30 p.m. Sundays.
|Wolf-eel at the Oregon Coast Aquarium
The cluster of wolf-eel eggs hatched at the Oregon Coast
Aquarium in December of 2006, the offspring of a pair of adults that live
in the Coastal Waters gallery. The hatch, a first for wolf-eels at the
Aquarium, is a rare event because timing is extremely tricky when it comes
to pulling wolf-eel eggs from the parents, who guard and care for the
eggs constantly. “There is a small window of opportunity,”
said aquarist and marine biologist Evonne Mochon-Collura. “You need
to let the parents care for the eggs to a certain point, but if you wait
too long, the emerging larvae disappear due to predation.”
Mochon Collura noticed a change in behavior of the wolf-eels
and suspected the presence of eggs when the female stopped leaving her
den to feed. Removing the eggs can be tricky; wolf-eels have very sharp
teeth and a powerful bite suited to crushing prey. These wolf-eels are
quite tame and will take food from her hand, but she always keeps her
eye on their teeth. After removing the egg cluster Mochon Collura said
the female looked for the eggs briefly, but quickly returned to normal
behavior with her mate. Wolf-eels tend to pair with one mate. “But
sometimes, there’s a soap opera and two females will compete for
one male,” according to Mochon Collura.
Wolf-eels are not a wolf, not a true eel and they’re
not really dangerous unless provoked. In spite of their ferocious appearance,
wolf-eels are very shy and docile. At the Oregon Coast Aquarium you can
often see their heads poking out of a hole in the reef of the Aquarium
displays. Wolf-eels are very involved parents. The male and female take
turns coiling and oxygenating the eggs, while the other guards.
hatchlings resembled tiny tadpoles at first but are now looking more and
more like small wolf-eels. They will reach 12 – 18 inches in length
by the first year; will begin pairing at about four years old and laying
eggs by age seven. Wolf-eels live about 20 years and reach lengths of
6 – 8 feet long at maturity. Some of the baby wolf-eels will eventually
be shipped to other Aquariums and some will stay here at the Oregon Coast
The Aquarium is at 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd in Newport,
Oregon. 541-867-3474. www.aquarium.org
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City Vacation Homes
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At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort
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for Freaky, Creepy Mole Crabs on Oregon Coast Beaches The
little critters make the tideline bubble and feel really weird as they
run across your feet
Transformations of Oregon Coast Beaches Seasons change
and so do beaches, revealing different sides and a variety of eye-popping
Found on Oregon Beach May Be 80,000 Years Old - They
are the remnants of a forest apparently 80,000 years old, found at Hug
or Night Mysteries and Merriment on Oregon Coast It's
more than just nightlife that comes to life, but the beaches offer major
Coast Travel Site Goes Wireless Provides Lodging Reports
- Oregon Coast Beach Connection now has mobile lodging and dining listings,
along with weekly lodging availability reports