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Creepy Babies Arrive at Oregon Coast Aquarium
wolf-eels at Aquarium
- They've got the kind of face only a mother could love.
Wolf-eels are certainly
freaky looking specimens as full adults, but as kidlets, they're just
a little bit cuter - but not much.
So the Oregon Coast
Aquarium in Newport has its job cut out for it trying to mother this squiggly
little tikes. A
cluster of wolf-eel eggs have hatched recently, the offspring of a pair
of adults that live in the Coastal Waters gallery.
The hatch is 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, who took over
responsibility for the Coastal Waters gallery this year. “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.”
grown wolf-eel (courtesy Oregon Coast Aquarium)
is also responsible for the care and incubation of a highly endangered
Vietnamese Leaf Turtle at the facility last year. She is becoming known
as the “Aquarium Midwife” for her ability to anticipate and
recognize subtle changes in animal behavior that indicate reproduction
is about to occur. “In previous years we missed the hatch,”
said Mochon-Collura. “Wolf-eel eggs normally hatch between week
13 and 16. One egg mass was consumed, and another hatched earlier than
expected. Because we could never perfectly mimic the maternal care, we
don’t want to pull the eggs too soon, either, so we waited as long
as possible to pull the mass.”
the mass contains up to 10,000 eggs.
Motel, Rockaway Beach
If expansive ocean views, close proximity to golfing,
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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.
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. It's Lincoln City’s only
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a change in behavior and suspected the presence of eggs when the female
stopped leaving her den to feed. Removing the eggs can be tricky, too;
wolf-eels have very sharp teeth and a powerful bite suited to crushing
prey. However, Mochon-Collura said the wolf-eels on exhibit prefer squid
and are used to being hand-fed. “These wolf-eels are quite tame
and will take food from my hand, but I always keep my eye on their teeth!”
She stuffed the squid mantle with other food, since squid isn’t
highly nutritious. She lured them out of the den with squid, but ran out
of food before removing the egg mass. Ultimately, she reached into the
den, put her hands behind the male’s pectoral fins and gently pulled
him out. She did the same thing to the female who immediately wrapped
her tail around the egg mass. “That helped me get the mass out;
I just pulled the female forward and captured the egg mass at the same
“After I took
the eggs out, I stayed with the pair for a while and played with their
tails and fins,” said Mochon-Collura. “I hate to anthropomorphize,
but I felt I needed to make amends with them - they’re very smart!”
By all appearances
the eels were back to normal after a short time. 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.
The hatchlings resembled
tiny tadpoles at first but are now looking more and more like small wolf-eels,
measuring about one to two inches in length. 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 six to eight feet long at maturity. Some of the baby
wolf-eels will eventually be shipped to other Aquariums, some will stay
here at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Aquarium will look into releasing
some into the appropriate habitat off the coast of Oregon.
INTO LUXURY, HISTORY AT THE TIDES
TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years, The Tides has
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CLIFFTOP IN NEWPORT
POINT is located on the Central Oregon Coast - in Newport
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Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Getting a free,
fresh baked cookie upon check-in is just the beginning. Every room
is beachfront, and it's all right up against Lincoln City's most
famous stretch of beach, next to the D River. Each room, comes as
a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and balcony or patio. Some
have gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players with movies available
for renting (and movie rentals come with free popcorn). There's
a heated indoor pool, a spa, and this fabulous beach is lit at night.
Rooms sleep anywhere from two, four to six - including a deluxe
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special occasion packages as well. To make a reservation and see
a virtual tour of the rooms, visit our website at www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
City Vacation Homes
There’s something for everyone
among this selection of wondrous homes: smaller homes with a view
to a large house that sleeps 15. All the homes are either oceanfront
or just a few steps away from the sand – all with a low
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one is close to the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies,
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Pets are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes with
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Most have the seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85
to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
Holiday Events Bring Sparkle - and Secrets - to Oregon Coast From
the most glittering and well known to some hidden holiday celebrations
Storm Watch Spots on Oregon's Coast Tips for some
stunning viewing of the wild waves of the season
Float Giveaway Begins on Central Oregon Coast Newport
starts its glass float extravaganza, with numerous other wonders
or Night Mysteries and Merriment on Oregon Coast It's
more than just nightlife that comes to life, but the beaches offer major
Wines and Wine Bars on the Oregon Coast Wine shops
and wine bars are a growing part of coastal tourism
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