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What's that blob!?! The Pacific ocean hosts a variety of gelatinous species, and depending on the tide, they end up along Oregon's shore lines. This summer, our beach was inundated with one species in particular: the water jelly. Water jellies are found along the entirety of the West Coast, from Alaska to California. Like all jellyfish, they're scientifically categorized as a plankton Water jellies can't move against the ocean’s currents, and are thus at the mercy of local ocean conditions. As they drift, the jellies unfurl their 100 plus poisoned-laced tentacles. Have no fear, though, the water jelly’s tentacles aren't harmful to humans! They are, however, laced with nematocysts. Although the water jelly's nematocysts are too weak to affect humans, it effectively employs them for both self-defense and to capture prey.
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The Seaside Aquarium will be closed today for our annual employee appreciation day. We will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday!
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Vivian smiles in her sleep!
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Good morning Seaside!
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Seaside sand is so pretty and magnetic! The Columbia River distributes a mineral called magnetite to the beaches near its mouth. Magnetite is magnetic, so next time your on Seaside Beach bring a magnet!
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Brittle sea stars can walk on the surface of the water by hanging upside down!
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We would like to thank everyone who let this little guy rest in estuary this past weekend. He didn't seem to be feeling well, but after a few days of rest in the Seaside estuary he left to continue his journey. Good luck little buddy!!
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Our squid are hatching! Squid egg capsules are amazing (each female lays about 12 egg capsules which contain anywhere from 180 to 300 squid), you can watch the baby squid developing while still in their protective capsules.
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When kelp washes in you may want to take a closer look. If the kelp has bryozoans on it, check it closely, you may be able to find cryptic or frost spot nudibranchs. They are hard to see, so look for their eggs first. We found these beauties yesterday on some kelp that had washed ashore!
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Peregrine falcon spotted near the South Jetty!
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Come by the Beach Discovery Program today and see what treasures we found living right here on Seaside's beach. The program is free and runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30.
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Did you know that Seaside used to be a cobblestone beach? Find out how all the sand ended up here at the Beach Discovery Program. The Beach Discovery Program runs today and tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Program is set up on the beach in front of the Aquarium and is free to the public. Stop on by and learn something new about Seaside!!
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Our baby giant is growing up so fast! It must be his constant supply of shore crabs :)
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Our perch population is exploding and we couldn't be happier! In the last week our kelp perch gave birth to five little ones, our white sea perch gave birth to three little ones, our pile perch gave birth to 30 little ones (!), and our yellow shiners, well there are too many to count! Perch are live bearing fish. Depending on the species and size females can produce anywhere from 11 to 90 young each year.
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Holy Moley, this tide pool is absolutely full of tiny mole crabs.
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We've had some interesting visitors today at the Aquarium...these little guys are all headed to the Wildlife Center of the North Coast for some extra T.L.C. A big thanks to Josh and the rest of his crew for all their hard work!
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Our Beach Discovery Program will be running today and tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come learn about all the animals that call Seaside Beach their home.
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The sea stars seem to be recovering, check out this photograph taken at the South Jetty. So many colorful six-ray sea stars :)
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A big thanks to the awesome (and talented) family that left us this beautiful chalk art outside of the Aquarium!
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The count down begins...only two more days to get razor clams!
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What's washing in? Water Jellies (Aequorea victoria)! Water jellies are capable of producing flashes of blue light (also known as bioluminescence) by a quick release of calcium which interacts with a specific photoprotein associated with luminescent jellyfish and a variety of other marine organisms.
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The Cove was just amazing yesterday!! It's always nice to see Seaside's tide pools full of sea stars!
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A little glimpse of Seaside on the 4th of July. A big THANK YOU to everyone who is out there on the beach this morning with the Beach Drive Buccaneers keeping our beaches clean! You guys rock!!
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Tufted Puffins are at Haystack Rock! Too cute not to share....
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Happy 4th of July! Have fun and stay safe!!
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Seaside Aquarium, 200 North Prom, Seaside, Oregon 97138 Tel: (503) 738-6211.