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.
Oregon Coast Aquarium Whoops
It Up with Otters
|It's a week full of sea otters at the Oregon Coast Aquarium
(Newport, Oregon) - The Oregon Coast Aquarium will observe
Sea Otter Awareness Week September 23 – September 29, a weeklong
event to educate the public about the integral role that sea otters play
in the marine ecosystem. The seven-day cute-fest will include talks by
mammalogists, sea otter crafts and an abundance of literature about sea
otters’ natural history and amazing adaptations. For more information
about national observances, visit http://www.defenders.org/seaotter/awareness.
Sea Otter Awareness Week Schedule
23 – September 29
Each Day - Sea otter biofact table
Each Day - Sea otter feeding narrations
Sunday, September 23
Talk by mammalogist - 1:30
Sea otter craft - all day
Sea otter encounter - 12:30
|Seal entertains a boy at the aquarium
Storytelling – 1 - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, September 26
Talk by mammalogist – 1:30
Saturday, September 29
Sea otter craft - all day
Storytelling – 1 – 3 p.m.
Sea otter encounter - 12:30
last sea otter in Oregon was trapped near Newport in 1906. Sea Otters
once ranged in number along the coasts of the North Pacific, from Russia
and northern Japan, throughout the Aleutians, down the coasts of Alaska
and British Columbia, to as far south as Baja. Scientists estimate up
to 300,000 sea otters once inhabited this area. That changed in 1741 when
traders realized that sea otter pelts were sought after for the unusually
dense fur that enables them to survive in cold seas without the blubber
of whales or sea lions. Of the three remaining subspecies of sea otters
around the world, two are found here in North America: the southern, or
California sea otter and the northern sea otter. The third subspecies
is the Russian sea otter.
otters play a critical role in the marine ecosystem as a keystone species.
They promote a healthy kelp forest that, in turn, supports thousands of
organisms. Sea otters are also an indicator or sentinel species. They
are dying of diseases that have land-based connections. Since humans and
sea otters eat many of the same seafood items, high rates of sea otter
disease may be a warning for both human health and marine ecosystem health.
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The Oregon Coast Aquarium has participated in a sea otter
breeding loan program with the Seattle Aquarium. Two sea otter pups born
there are the offspring of Adaa, who was sent to Seattle on breeding loan
from the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Adaa’s first pup, a male named Chugach,
was born in 2005, to Aniak who was a first time mother. The second pup,
named Alki, also a male, was born in 2005 to Lootas.
sea otters have been very cooperative this summer,” says Judy Tuttle,
Aquarium Curator of Mammals. “In general, they are a nice bunch
of guys who are getting along. We’ve seen no major fights and they
seem to be very easy with each others’ company. The Oregon Coast
Aquarium is very fortunate in having the largest sea otter exhibit in
North America and in addition, it is well designed with lots of visual
barriers so the guys can each stake out a small territory out of sight
of the others,” said Tuttle.
Oregon Coast Aquarium. Ferry Slip Road, in South
Beach, across the bay from Newport. (541) 867-3474. www.aquarium.org.
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family
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over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection
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Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch
Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
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decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
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Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
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Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
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movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
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171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
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City Vacation Homes
Something for everyone: smaller homes
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fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to
the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies: fireplaces,
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cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s a loft in one, and another
sprawling home has two apartments. Pets allowed in some homes
– ask first. Each comes with complete kitchens. Most have
seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230
per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a
double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and private deck.
Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person
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oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For family
reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect
to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly.
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at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south
end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by
the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach
strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering
gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting guest rooms.
Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly.
Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine
and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At
Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.
Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean
front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun
(nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent
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book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet
breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select
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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