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Sea Lions Sick with Leptospirosis on Oregon Coast: Keep Pets, Yourselves Away
Stay clear of sick or dead sea lions. Marine sciences, beach safety

At Seal Rock's NW Curtis St.: Funky Little Oregon Coast Access with No Name
NW Curtis St., not far from Newport, Yachats or Waldport

Central Oregon Coast Artist Shows at Florence Visitor Center
Regina 'Reggie' Oflock of Sea Gypsy Cottage Gallery. Florence events

Small Vessel Strands on Central Oregon Coast's South Beach, Cause Unknown
Fishing vessel Judy stuck on a Newport beach. Florence events, Newport events, Lincoln City events, Yachats

SOLVE Cleanup Finds on Oregon Coast Include a Whale
This carcass had been in the news before, victim of orcas. At Otter Rock near Newport. Marine sciences

36 Days of Tentative Clam Digging Days for Washington Coast | Oregon Coast Be...
September 29 and going through December 29: Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks

Couple Spends Half Hour Rescuing Shark on N. Oregon Coast, Possibly Worked - ...
Experts don't suggest this, you could get bitten, but it swam away

Curiosities of Yachats: Holes in the Oregon Coast, Gushes to Clams That Dig R...
Surprises lurking at almost every turn. Geology, travel tips, Yachats events, Yachats hotels

Podcast: Three Really Cool Things on Oregon / Washington Coast Right Now
Ep 1: an intro to Oregon Coast Beach Connection; humpback whales, second summer and wild sand levels. Sciences

Mussel Harvesting Closed on S. Oregon Coast from Bandon to California Due to ...
A dangerous biotoxin called paralytic shellfish poisoning. Marine sciences

N. Oregon Coast's Seaside Gets Mobi-Mats for Wheelchair Access
Installed at the 12th Avenue access

Feeling Glass Float Lucky? Oregon Coast's Lincoln City Drops Extra on Labor D...
Some 40 extra floats we'll be lobbed onto the beaches; 100 more later in Sept. Lincoln City events

Razor Clamming Reopens On All of Southern Oregon Coast
Happy times, happy clams along most of the coast. Sciences

Do Not Pick Up Sick or Dying Common Murres, Say Oregon Coast Biologists
ODFW biologists say it's important to not try and rescue them. Sciences

S. Oregon Coast Find at Brookings Looks Like 'Alien' Eggs, But the Science is...
The actual explanation winds up a bit surprising. Marine sciences

Videos: More Cougar Sightings N. Oregon Coast; Whale Feeding in Cove Entertai...
Three cougars at Neskowin; gray whale at Seaside. Marine sciences

Get Ready: Feeding Frenzies and Humpbacks May Be Headed for Oregon / Washingt...
It doesn't happen every year, but late summers often bring this. Marine sciences

Parts of South Oregon Coast Reopen to Razor Clamming - But Not Much
From Cape Blanco to Brookings; Seal Rock to Florence. Marine sciences

World's Oceans Changing Color, Study Says: Are Oregon / Washington Coast Next?
The likely culprit is human-induced climate change. Marine sciences

Wacky Beach Basics: What These Everyday Sights Mean on Oregon Coast / Washing...
What is sea foam and what are those piles of blobs. Marine sciences

The Little Dude That Just Gave Birth on the Oregon Coast
With one fish, genders are switched, among other amazing things. Marine sciences

Sick and Slowly-Dying Whale Spotted Near Depoe Bay, Moving N. Along Oregon Coast
Malnourished and sick, it may have only two weeks left. Marine sciences

Graceful Video of Whale Spouting on S. Oregon Coast at Port Orford; And Whale...
When the cetacean encounters hit they can be spectacular. Marine sciences

Crews Get Ready to Help Entangled Humpback Whale Off Oregon / Washington Coas...
20 miles off the Columbia River, the whale is now a mystery. Sciences

One 'Crappy' Report: Oregon Coast Beaches May Have Poo Issues
One set of data suggests Oregon marine waters have a poo prob. Sciences

More All-Terrain Wheelchairs for N. Oregon Coast, Now at Netarts, Pacific City
Unique chairs through charitable foundation David's Chair, Manzanita, Seaside

Razor Clamming Annual Closure Starts on N. Oregon Coast on July 15, Through Oct
Conservation measures allow the new clams to set. Seaside, events, Sciences

Some Oregon Coast Areas Will Have Survey Takers, Asking What Visitors Know
How much does the public know about Oregon's marine reserves. Sciences, S. coast events, Florence events, Newport events, Lincoln City events, Pacific City events, Rockaway Beach events, events, Seaside events, Astoria events

Hiking, Painting, Tidepool Events at N. Oregon Coast's Netarts Area
Dig further into the Three Capes. Oceanside events, Pacific City events, Sciences

CoastWatch Volunteers Catch Run of the Illegal and Extremely Dangerous on Ore...
Kids digging a cliff, refuge violations, bad dogs - but a cool live octopus. Sciences, beach safety, true crime

Seaside's Beach Discovery Days Reveal the Jaw-Dropping, Deeper Oregon Coast
Use a microscope, see sand, phytoplankton and weird magnets. Marine Sciences, Seaside events

Low Minus Tides This Weekend On Oregon Coast: Last of Clamming, Beaches Uncov...
Clatsop Beaches closed to clamming soon; minus tides bring new access. Sciences, Bandon, Arch Cape, Oceanside, Seaside

That Friend of SpongeBob: Spiny Pink Sea Star Resides Along Oregon / Washingt...
A rather boldly-colored form of starfish that are trippy. Marine sciences

Lincoln City Tidepools Hangout at Lincoln City's NW15th: Central Oregon Coast...
Lincoln City's NW 15th St. access is full of tidepools

No Selfies with the Seals, Say Oregon Coast Officials; Other Wildlife Warnings
Various young ones being born right now, both onshore and offshore. Sciences

Other Gray Whales Killed by Orcas Found on Oregon Coast, Revealing More Science
Two happened in California, five total in Oregon in three months

Depoe Bay First Oregon Coast Town to Sign Proclamation to Support Southern Re...
Depoe Bay signed a proclamation declaring it supports real action. Marine sciences

Octopus Stranded, Rescued in Rare N. Oregon Coast Sighting at Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock Awareness Program helped an octopus. Marine sciences

S. Oregon Coast Baby Seal Incident More Complex, as Someone (Mostly) Did the ...
In this rare circumstance where vehicles are nearby, it was correct - Coos Bay. Marine sciences

Majority of Central Oregon Coast Back Open to Razor Clamming
Reopened from Florence's Siuslaw River to Seal Rock

Garibaldi on the Water's Edge: Sights and Sites on Oregon Coast's Tillamook Bay
Numerous marvel-filled lookouts, crabbing, clamming and adventure



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Strange Blue Velella Velella Return to Oregon Coast, Some Spots Thicker Than Others
- The alerts are going out: the blue tide has come in. The Oregon coast is getting hit by another wave of little blue creatures called velella velella (or Purple Sailors or by-the-wind Sailors)

Janthina / Violet Snails: Tiny, Rare Purple Weirdos of Oregon Coast
- They are what is known Janthina janthina, otherwise known as the Violet Snail, Storm Snail or even just the common purple snail. Yet there’s nothing really that common about them here on the west coast of the U.S. In fact, no one in Oregon really knows much about them

The Kooky and the Cool on Oregon Coast Right Now: Pryosomes, Ghost Forests
- The small, tube-like creatures resemble plastic to some degree. The crazy thing is they are in actuality tiny colonies of hundreds of other even smaller creatures.

California Sea Cucumber Breathes Out of Its Butt: Weird Washington, Oregon Coast Science
- They are a true freak of the deep along the Oregon coast and Washington coast. The California Sea Cucumber is also known by the names Giant Sea Cucumber and Giant Red Sea Cucumber, and they’re a truly weird mix of alien movie and punk rock aesthetics

Burrowing Sea Cucumber: Oregon Coast Storm Unearths An Interesting Critter
- Weird little critters called burrowing sea cucumbers (Leptosynapta clarki) were suddenly found in abundance

Rarity of Oregon / Washington Coast: the Trippy Mola Mola / Sunfish (Video)
- Mola mola or ocean sunfish usually lives well south of the Pacific Northwest (and reportedly well offshore), but occasionally the kooky, large, semi-round fish wanders as north as British Columbia

Oh, the Lowly Sand Flea: They Should be Exalted on the Oregon Coast - What kind of sand fleas are there on the Oregon coast and what do they do? First of all, they're technically called amphipods. They're a kind of tiny crustacean and not related to fleas.

Tiny and See-Through on the Oregon Coast: Adorable but Eerie
- This tiny see-through beastie is actually a Dungeness crab, but a very baby one. They go through this stage early in life, becoming eerily transparent but with a dash of blue.

Sea Gooseberry: What is That Translucent Thing on Oregon Coast Beaches? Surprising Science
- It’s called a Sea Gooseberry (Pleurobrachi bachei) or comb jelly, and it shows up fairly often during spring and summer on the beaches

Whales and Their Legends: Ewww, 'Globsters' of Oregon / Washington Coast and Their Paranormal Past - Perhaps the grossest thing you can find on the Oregon coast or Washington coast (or any beach in the world) is what is sometimes referred to as the “globster.” It’s a particularly disgusting form of stranded whale corpse

Oregon Coast Science Experts: What is Sea Foam? Foam in the ocean is just sea bubbles, started off by tiny little phytoplankton that have died and the way their skeletons change the surface tension of the water

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