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Summer Highlights

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 2013 summer:

  • A quick survey of August’s visitor log showed visitors from 41 states and 18 different countries including Brazil, Germany, North Korea, and Guatemala.
  • 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"
    (see here).
  • 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 Hog Fixer."


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Juvenile Puffin

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 them.

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.



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.