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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.

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

Lincoln City’s only resort hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine in penthouse restaurant and bar, for casual meal or candlelight dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other Northwest favorites, including decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range from bedrooms to studios to 1-bedroom suites with microwaves and refrigerators to full kitchens. Also, wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise room and year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love the game room and easy beach access. Full-service conference/meeting rooms for that inspirational retreat; extensive wedding possibilities.

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 smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies.

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.

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Freaky Fish and Other Finds on Oregon Coast

Published 05/20/2008

Lancetfish found in Newport (photo Terry Morse)

Newport photos by Terry Morse

(Newport, Oregon) - A host of oddities have been showing up on the Oregon coast lately, most notably a lot of the freaky, prehistoric-looking fish known as lancetfish (Alepisaurus ferox). Meanwhile, one regular odd example of nature that normally shows up this time of year is strangely absent.

Newport beach expert Terry Morse cruises the sands quite often, so he’s apt to find more than the average beachgoer. But even he’s come up with a few surprises.

In mid-May, Morse found a semi-live lancetfish lying around the beach below Don Davis Park in Newport’s Nye Beach area. These are fairly rare finds on the beaches of the Oregon coast, because they live as deep as 6,000 feet.

“I saw something long and skinny wriggling around on the wet sand near the tide line, surrounded by a small group of people,” Morse said. “The tide was about to overtake the wriggler, so I hurried to see it. It was a 4' (120 cm) long longnosed lancetfish.”

The fish washed back up on the rocks eventually (photo Morse)

Morse noted the fish’s skin appears iridescent and it has dagger-like teeth, along with gorgeous blue eyes.

The creature was still alive - but barely.

“A well-meaning passerby decided to rescue the fish by dragging it back into the water, although he had been told that others had already tried it and that the fish was too weak to hold its own against the surf,” Morse said. “Eventually, he tired of walking it around to aerate its gills and let it go. The surf then battered the fish into nearby rocks.”

Morse said the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Bill Hanshumaker told him four others were seen in the central coast area, and another fifth up at Pacific City.

A man tries to aerate the fish's gills by dragging it through the water (photo Morse)

Up on the north coast, about ten have been found on the beaches, ranging from Warrenton, just north of Seaside, and then down to around Cannon Beach.

Seaside Aquarium manager Keith Chandler said they’ve been getting these calls and then retrieving them, most of which were also partially alive.

“It’s really unusual to have this many,” Chandler said. “It’s the year of the lancetfish, I guess. I don’t even know of what they’ve found down around Garibaldi or Rockaway, if any were there.”

Morse said you can tell the lancetfish is a predator by what he called its “formidable teeth.” It lives from the Aleutian islands south to Chile and hunts offshore waters from near the surface to about 6000 feet deep - or 1800 meters.

The lancetfish find was collected by Hanshumaker for use in public education programs at the Hatfield.

Strange worm found by Morse (photo Morse)

For the second year in a row, the incursion of large amounts of velella velella are noticeably missing from the beaches. Otherwise known as purple sails, these wacky but beautiful little jellyfish typically start stranding in large numbers on the beaches this time of year. West winds blow them in, and many beaches are often covered in them. They frequently start decomposing and create an enormous fishy stench on those beaches, especially if the tide hasn’t washed them away before a few days of sunny weather kick in.

But this year, like last, they’re missing. Although last year a spell of baby velella showed up early in the spring.

“Yeah, I don’t know why that’s happened again, but they usually show up about now,” Chandler said.

Velella velella on a Cannon Beach stretch of sand

Late last month, Morse made some other interesting beach finds, including a wacky worm known as a polychaete, with red feeding appendages on the bottom.

“Polychaetes are also called paddle-footed worms after the fleshy, paddle-like, bristle-tipped appendages that enable them to move around or anchor themselves in the sand,” Morse said “They feed in many different ways: some are ferocious carnivores, others scavenge or collect detritus from the sediment. From the diffuse nature of its feeding tentacles, I suspect that this one is a detritus feeder.”

He spotted that creature on April 24, along with a red rock crab that was stuck in the sand, seeming to taunt Morse by apparently refusing to move when he approached. Morse comically likened that to a scene in the Monty Python movie “The Holy Grail,” when the black knight refused to move.


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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.

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.

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.

Breathtaking high panoramic beach views from oceanfront rooms, spacious family suites & fully equipped cottages.  Known for gracious hospitality, the sparkling clean Sea Horse features a heated indoor pool, dramatic oceanfront spa, great whale watching, free deluxe continental breakfast, conference room, free casino shuttle & HBO.  Fireplaces, private decks and spas are available in select rooms.  Close to shops, golf, fishing & restaurants.  Pets are welcome in select rooms.  Senior discounts.  Kids 18 and under stay free in their parent's room.  Very attractive rates.
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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

Sumptuous indoor pool heated year round. Lovely ocean views come with many rooms. All units big, extremely comfortable, w/ special touches. Each room contains a microwave, refrigerator, in-room coffee makers, cable TV, and larger kitchen units are available as well. Free parking, choice of smoking or non-smoking rooms. Within walking distance to all of Yachats’ various amenities; short walk to the beaches
Literally over 100 homes available as vacation rentals – all distinctive and carefully selected to be special. Find them in Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Nye Beach, Otter Rock, Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach, Lincoln Beach, Lincoln City, Neskowin, Pacific City, Tierra Del Mar and Rockaway Beach. Some pet friendly.


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