FEED THE SEALS
Summer is the Seaside Aquarium’s busiest season and
staff are usually busy working with visitors and keeping
everything running smoothly. But nothing is typical at
the Aquarium, and the day-to-day feedings, tank
cleanings, and other chores are only a small part of the
work we do. Here are some of the highlights from the
- A quick survey of August’s visitor log showed
visitors from 41 states and 18 different countries
including Brazil, Germany, North Korea, and
- Provided a safe haven for barn owls, murre chicks,
and other injured birds until they could be retrieved
by the Rehab Center for the North Coast.
- Provided interviews for BBC documentary
"Nature’s Weirdest Events"
- Guided a host’s harbor seal necropsy for National
Geographic Wild’s new series "Jobs that Bite" as
part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network’s
outreach. The necropsy
is one of the segments
on the episode "The
A juvenile puffin (above)
and a coot (left) wait in
the back of the Aquarium
for pick up by the Rehab
Center of the North
Coast who will evaluate,
rehabilitate, and release
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
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.
Seaside’s Discovery Program
During Seaside Discovery Program’s 18th summer of
operation, almost 4,000 visitors came to the red tent in
front of the Aquarium to learn more about Seaside’s
open sandy beaches. Samples of local plankton, sand
from around the world, blood worms, mole crabs,
wave tanks, giant puzzle pieces, and historic photos
were all on hand to spark discussions between visitors
and staff. This free program was sponsored by the City
of Seaside and the Seaside Aquarium.
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Seaside Aquarium, 200 North Prom, Seaside, Oregon 97138 Tel: (503) 738-6211.