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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 romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate 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

Perfect for large family vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses – from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces, beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers.

Feed the seals! One of the oldest aquariums in the U.S. is here in Seaside, Oregon, right on the Promenade

Inn at Wecoma Lincoln City.  Sleek, modern design w some partial ocean views, balconies and fireplaces. Spacious guestrooms w/ microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, free continental breakfast.  Indoor pool and a hot tub. W-fi, fitness room, business center, and located within walking distance to finest restaurants. 867-sq-foot conference room for business meetings or large social events. Some pet friendly.

the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.

20 gorgeous homes sleep up to 18; doubled that with some side-by-side homes. Some pet friendly. Cottages to massive homes; new oceanfront to renovated historic beach houses. All over central coast w/ Lincoln City, Otter Rock, Boiler Bay and Nye Beach. Long list of features, including barbecues, large decks, antique furnishings, wood stoves, gas fireplaces, hardwood floors, Jacuzzis and hot tubs. Most have movies, music, books. Gift basket w/ goodies in each

Suites, duplex units, houses for 2-8 people. Close to everything. All units w/ kitchens; many have fireplaces, decks, jetted tubs. Robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities and more. Award-winning flowers. Featured on Travel Channel.

A famous little family eatery where the seafood practically gets shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth. Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, including cioppino, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads. Fish 'n' chips come w/ various fish. Seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers. Dinners like pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, sautéed scallops.

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When Oregon Coast Creatures Resemble the Vast, Interstellar Depths of the Universe

Published 03/16/2014

By Andre' Hagestedt

(Oregon Coast) – Maybe it's just me and my imagination – in fact it probably is – but it sometimes simply floors me how the bigger things in the universe can resemble those in the ocean, particularly the waters of the Oregon coast. It's almost as if there's a massive fractal design to the cosmos, on some sort of galactic scale, where what is called self-similarity goes inward and outward in the grand scheme of things. Those tiny objects beneath the ocean can often starkly resemble the mind-bogglingly big behemoths amidst the stars.

For a long time, I'd see the surreal creatures floating in the tanks of the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport or Seaside Aquarium on the north Oregon coast and think how they sometimes looked just like the colorful nebulae photographed by the Hubble telescope.

All marine animal photos here are taken by Tiffany Boothe of Seaside Aquarium, including the Basket Star, above.

Case in point: the basket star. This meandering creature suddenly looked even more familiar when I started learning about dark matter – that mysterious substance in the universe no one really understands, but scientists know it's there through a variety of means. They say even though we can't really see it (yet), it's believed to make up about a quarter of the matter in the universe.

Deep space photos and computer simulations in recent years have come up with something remarkable: these images of what is called a cosmic web. It shows the clusters of dark matter and the filaments between them. This is largely the space between galaxies we're talking about. (Image credits: Anatoly Klypin and Joel Primack, inset via S. Cantalupo.)

And what does it look like? I was rather astonished at the similarity.

Then there are these photos from Boothe, showing two different kinds of jellyfish she has found on the beaches and then resurrected in aquarium tanks. Among them: the comb jelly (sometimes called a Gooseberry).

Aside from looking a lot like this shot from the Hubble – a starburst galaxy – fans of the video game Crysis may also see something familiar.

What started me thinking more about it all this week was this amazing rendition of a giant gas cloud closing in on a black hole in the center of our galaxy. It was big news.

The computer rendition again reminded me of all the odd creatures I'd seen at the aquariums of the Oregon coast, including a form of sea slug called a nudibranch. These enormously colorful creatures are all reminiscent of something larger on intergalactic scales, especially one called the Diaulula sandiefen. This one in particular looked as if it was a gas cloud near a black hole as well.

You can see even more of these at this story about nudibranchs – sea slugs.

Then there are Lyman-Alpha blobs – the largest objects in the universe. They can get around 300,000 light years across, and they are apparently all glowing gas.

A recent story Oregon Coast Beach Connection had about small creatures living on a rope at the Seaside Aquarium reminded me of these wacky objects. It also resembles interstellar nursery shots we've all seen from the Hubble.

I supposed if you want to get truly alien, but in a more pop culture way, then there's this wild one taken by Boothe. It's a tiny unborn squid inside its egg. The size is about a fingernail or so. Remind you of anything? Remember the aliens in Independence Day? Particularly that scene near the end where Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum waste the invader with a nuke.

All these creatures and other dreamlike critters are on display at the Seaside Aquarium and Oregon Coast Aquarium. As far as catching glimpses of the big interstellar stuff, I suppose you'll have to stick with the Internet as I do. More Oregon coast science.

 

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