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Aquarium News


Summer is a busy time for the aquarium. Between hosting visitors, supporting the Discovery Program, and volunteering for the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, there is not much time for additional outreach. Now that autumn is here, staff are again gearing up for a variety of outreach projects. Here are some recent highlights:

  • The Discovery Program ran its fourteenth year on the beach and at the estuary with support from the Aquarium. Staff shared information with 300 visitors per day during its 23 program days.
  • Aquarium staff, as Marine Mammal Stranding Network volunteers, responded to more than 34 strandings between June and September. Most of the animals washed ashore dead and were necropsied to determine cause of death. Many of the rest were baby seals. Staff posted signs encouraging the public to leave the seals alone so their mothers would return to them.
  • Aquarium staff picked up a variety of sharks on the beach. Most were dead on arrival and will be used for dissections by local students.
  • On October 22 General Manager Keith Chandler and staff member Tiffany Boothe showed a Power- Point presentation on the Aquarium to the local Kiwanis. They discussed the aquarium’s 70 year history, and its current projects and partnerships. The presentation included historic photos of the aquarium building as a natatorium (salt water swimming pool), photos of outreach, and Marine Mammal Stranding Network activities.

Shark washed onto the beach

A regular summer day for Aquarium Staff Keith Chandler works with volunteers to take a live salmon shark that washed ashore to a tank where it could rest and recuperate.

Important Beach Safety


1. Never turn your back on the ocean.
Sneaker waves are very powerful, sometimes strong enough to knock over an adult.

2. Avoid logs in the surf.
They may look stable, but the ocean can roll logs large enough to crush you.

3. This is not a safe area for swimming in the ocean.
Be aware there is a strong undercurrent. Children should be kept within arm’s reach and should go no deeper than their knees.

4. Completely extinguish your campfires.
Embers can burn for days if left or covered.

5. Leave marine mammals alone. Marine mammals can carry diseases transmittable to humans.


"The World of Haystack Rock"
Lecture Series

The Friends of Haystack Rock have organized a lecture series for the first Thursday of each month, November to April, from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Cannon Beach Public Library.

Thursday, Nov.5 - Nathan Sandel, Maritime Museum "Pinnipeds and Cetaceans of the Pacific Northwest"

Thursday, Dec. 3 - Doug Deur, PSU and U. of Washington "Speaking of Haystack: Native Ways of Knowing the Coastal Landscape"

Thursday, Jan. 7 - Lauren Reinalda, Intern with NOAA "As the World Terns-Life as a Biologist on East Sand Island"

Thursday Feb. 4 - Roy Lowe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife "The Haystack Rock-An Isle in a Sea of Refuges"

Thursday March 4 - Bob Bailey, OR Department of Land Conservation and Development "Living with Climate Change on the Oregon Coast"

Thursday April 1 - Shelley Parker, Oregon Parks Interpreter "Maritime Mystery"




Photos by: Tiffany Boothe and Keith Chandler


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