Discovery Program Director Pam Bierly shares marine life on Estuary Day
In addition to our regular displays, maintenance of
the aquarium, and our work for the Marine Mammal
Stranding network, we also:
- Guided Astoria High School Students
through dissections of Salmon sharks whose
bodies washed ashore locally. Students collected
tissue and organ samples which were then sent to
a researcher at Stanford University.
- Produced hand-outs about diatom blooms and
purple-sail jellies to help visitors understand local
ocean phenomena. We then partnered with the
City of Seaside to post signs about diatom
blooms around town.
- Dealt with some marine mammals not common for
the Marine Mammal Stranding Network: a dead
baby sperm whale at Cannon Beach, a dead baby
minke whale, and a live Stellar sea lion pup.
- Celebrated Drexler the sealís 27th birthday.
Participated in Earth Day and Estuary Day
- Collected 300 pounds of food for the local food
bank and then donated $1.00 per every pound
of food collected.
- Hosted an open house for the Seaside Chamber of
- Rescued a green sea turtle which was sent to Seattle
Aquarium for rehabilitation.
A stranded green sea
turtle rests and slowly
warms up behind the
scenes at the Seaside
Aquarium in its first
step on the road to
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 armís 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.
Two Programs, One Mission
Curious about tide pools? Want to know how tides
work? Seasideís Discovery Program and Cannon Beachís
Haystack Rock Awareness Program will answer your
questions and help you see the beach with new eyes.
Seasideís Discovery Program
Sponsored by the City of Seaside
and run by the Seaside
Aquarium, the program runs
weekends in July and August.
Learn about open sandy
beaches and the estuary
through hands-on exploration!
Haystack Rock Awareness Program
Low tide at Haystack Rock holds many tidepool
wonders. Volunteers and staff help make the most of
this experience with microscopes, spotting scopes, and
lots of interpretation. For more information and
schedules check out:
Both programs are subject to inclement weather.