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We are getting excited about Necanicum Bird Day. Hope to see you there!
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It's a bit blustery this morning...
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It that time of year again, Pupping Season!! In Oregon, the breeding season for harbor seals begins in mid-April which corresponds with the season's first harbor seal pups showing up on Oregon's beaches. If you see a seal pup on the beach, remember it is probably just resting while its mother is out hunting for food nearby, give it plenty of space and leave it alone. On the Northern Oregon Coast you can call the Seaside Aquarium at (503) 738-6211 and someone will post signs around the pup encouraging everyone to stay away. If you are elsewhere, you can contact the Marine Mammal Stranding Network Hotline at 541-270-6830.
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The sperm whale that washed ashore near the Peter Iredale has been buried. It was hard to get a hole dug that was deep enough for the whale, so chances are that it may reappear with this weeks high tides. We will just have to wait and see what happens.
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A closer look at the surface of a sand dollar: Sand dollars possess a calcium carbonate skeleton known as a test. The test is covered by a skin of velvety-textured spines. Coordinated movements of the spines allow the sand dollar to move along the ocean floor.
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Keep an eye out for pyrosomes they are still washing in... These strange colonial tunicates have been washing ashore on local beaches. Colonies can grow up to 2 feet in length. They are known for their brilliant blue-green bioluminescents. Though they can move, they are not strong enough to fight the ocean’s currents.
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The Haystack Rock Awareness Program is excited to announce this year’s Volunteer Training Event that will held on April 8th from 9:30a – 5:00pm located at 163 E. Gower St, Cannon Beach City Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
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A 36 foot Sperm Whale washes ashore near the Peter Iredale in Warrenton, Oregon. Please remember that whales are protected; possession of the bones is illegal.
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Good morning! Dress warm!
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The elk have been hanging out on Seaside beach!
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Hope to see you all there, it is a great event and a lot of fun for kids!
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Ctenophores are washing ashore! Though we typically see sea gooseberries, a larger species of ctenophore has been gracing our shores, the oval sea gooseberry. Check out the video, you can see the cilia moving and refracting light! We slowed the clip down at the end, you can actually see the individual cilia in action. The Oval Sea Gooseberry (Hormiphora cucumis) is a type of comb jelly, of which there are more than 100 different species worldwide. They are 99% water, and have no brain, heart, or blood. They move by means of cilia: minute, hair-like tendrils which line the surface of the comb jelly. They have no stinging cells. The two long branched tentacles are armed with colloblasts: specialized adhesive cells which are used to ensnare their prey.
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A big thank you to everyone on Seaside beach yesterday who gave this beautiful sea lion the space it needed to rest up. After a few hours of what looked like some well deserved rest, this little guy continued on its adventure and headed back out to sea! Thanks for stopping in Seaside!
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It's a little rough out there! This little guy has come ashore to rest. Please remember to give these animals space on the beach, it is where they come to take a break when storms hit.
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Can't think of a better way to celebrate Valentine's Day and Oregon's 158th birthday! #fishbouquet #cleanbeach
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Here is a quick video of the sea turtle shortly after arriving at the Seaside Aquarium. After being rescued by staff from the Seaside Aquarium, the turtle was placed on a foam pad and given blankets to start the process of slowly bringing the turtle's body temperature back up. The 50 pound turtle spent the night in Seaside and was transferred to the Oregon Coast Aquarium first thing in the morning. The excellent staff at the Oregon Coast Aquarium has rehabilitated numerous other sea turtles over the past few years and will give the turtle its best chance for survival, however, because of the turtle's compromised state a number of thing have to go just right in order for this cold- stunned turtle to survive. Good luck! https://youtu.be/Ujmx0qS85y0
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Seaside Aquarium, 200 North Prom, Seaside, Oregon 97138 Tel: (503) 738-6211.