180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
Eggs Hatching at North Oregon Coast Facility
– The Oregon coast landmark Seaside Aquarium is almost the
proud parent of something like 3,000 baby octopuses – or octopi,
depending on what side of this linguistic argument you stand on.
female Rubescense octopus laid her eggs a few weeks ago and they
are finally beginning to hatch. Something like 25 have popped out
already, but most are hiding in the gravel of the fish tank or behind
rocks and are difficult to see, said the aquarium’s Tiffany
“Because the eggs
are not laid all at the same time the eggs will not hatch all at
once,” Boothe said. “One of the reasons they are so
difficult to see is that they are about the size of a grain of rice.
It also seems that some have taken refuge in the gravel that is
lining their tank.”
Boothe said the aquarium
is feeding the tank with fresh, unfiltered ocean water an attempt
to keep their kind of brine shrimp food in good supply.
|Baby octopus - or next "Aliens"
octopus dies shortly after the eggs hatch, so the display will depend
on how long she lives,” Boothe said. “Once she passes
we will take the display down.”
Motel, Rockaway Beach
If expansive ocean views, close proximity to
golfing, fishing tours and quick access to seven miles of
pristine beaches is your thing, then this quintessential beauty
in Rockaway Beach is your ticket to vacation fun for families,
couples or large groups. Some rooms are pet friendly. All
rooms at the Tradewinds Motel are immaculate and have TV’s,
VCR’s and in-room phones with data ports. The oceanfronts
all have a queen bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog
fireplace and a private deck. Some oceanfront units come with
all those amenities but the kitchens. Both types sleep up
to four people. The non-oceanfront rooms are appointed with
a queen bed, small fridge, and coffee maker – sizable
for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those
on a budget. There is an elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite
that has two bedrooms, coming with a kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For those
wanting bigger accommodations for family reunions or large
gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect to create
two-room and three-room suites. 523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway
Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com
will try to keep a handful of the 3,000 or so babies to try and
raise them to adulthood, but manager Keith Chandler said the odds
are against that. “It’s very difficult to maintain getting
them enough food,” he said. “It’s very labor intensive
The rest will
be released into an intertidal area when they hatch, because their
chances for survival are better in the ocean. “We’ll
be waiting for a calm day around here for that,” Chandler
octopuses lay about 2,000 to 3,000 eggs, usually in July through
September. They then hatch in February through May of the following
|Octopus and her babies
octopus has a two-year life cycle, laying their eggs once after
a year of growth, then dying.
Boothe said these type
of octopuses hatch as planktonic larvae that feed on zooplankton.
“They then settle down as a benthic organism, using shells,
bottles, and other small shelters as dens. Animals in the laboratory
have even buried themselves in sand or gravel substrate when nothing
else is available.”
The scientific name for
this kind of creature is Octopus Rubescens, and Boothe said it is
a generalist carnivore. “That means that they basically eat
whatever meat they can catch, wherever they happen to live,”
she said. “Prey ranges from crabs to barnacles, and may include
gastropods, like snails, and bivalves, like clams.”
said the Rubescens is known to be fairly intelligent. Scientific
studies have shown it to have considerable learning ability for
an animal that size, equitable to the abilities of a rat.
there is still a raging debate going on in the aquarium world of
whether the plural of octopus is octopi or octopuses, although most
linguistic reference materials maintain it is “octopuses.”
Seaside Aquarium, on
the Prom, in Seaside.
INTO LUXURY, HISTORY AT THE TIDES
TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years, The Tides has
been a favorite of Seaside visitors. History meets modern luxury
here. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated. Find
suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes,
one or two bedroom family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining
rooms. There are wonderful oceanview cottages that sleep anywhere
from two to eight people, with two bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces
Meanwhile, the heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds with picnic
tables and location at the quiet southern end of Seaside make for
some memorable means of play and repose. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846.
CLIFFTOP IN NEWPORT
POINT is located on the Central Oregon Coast - in Newport
- and offers only the finest in luxury condominium lodging. At Starfish
Point, every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.
All of the units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens,
wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private
decks - surrounding you in soothing relaxation. We have a friendly
staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer service. 140
NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com
Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside
Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites,
1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people.
Rent our entire property for 20-26. All units close to beach, river
and Broadway St.
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
tub. Enjoy comfy robes & slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality
linens and more. See us on The Travel Channel's "Great Escapes"
show in August 2006. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691.
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
fireplace suite. Gift certificates are available, and they offer
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
bank access and fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area;
one is close to the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies,
depending on the home: fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, dishwashers,
Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs, cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s
a loft in one, and another sprawling home has two apartments.
Pets are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes with
complete kitchens so you’ll have a home away from home.
Most have the seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85
to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. It's 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.
Enjoy dining in the penthouse restaurant and bar - whether you’re
in the mood for a casual meal or a candlelight dinner. They offer
an array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other Northwest
favorites, including a decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range from
bedrooms to studios to one-bedroom suites with microwaves and refrigerators
to full kitchens. Hotel amenities include wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise
room and a year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love the game
room and easy beach access. Full-service conference and meeting
rooms for that inspirational retreat; extensive, gorgeous wedding
possibilities. Near the south end of Lincoln City at 4009 SW Highway
101. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161. www.spanishhead.com
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