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SEASIDE AQUARIUM

FEED THE SEALS





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About the Seaside Aquarium


When the aquarium was founded in 1937, the goal was mostly to entertain the public. The dark interior was meant to create the feeling of swimming through an ocean cave at a time when respiration-aided diving was virtually unknown.

In the past several years, the focus has shifted to education and community involvement as well as entertainment. We have reached beyond the walls of the actual building to participate in local events and projects geared toward establishing a better understanding and appreciation of the North Coast marine environment.

In 1995 we became leaders in the regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network. In the next few years we added an Interpretive Center and helped start Seaside’s Watershed Estuary Beach Discovery Program. We have partnered with local businesses, non-profit organizations, and the City of Seaside to inform both the public and local communities about beach safety, tides, different coastal habitats, and the animals who live there.

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Skate Eggs

Beachcombers Find a Treasure


Some of our most interesting specimens are brought to the aquarium by beachcombers or recreational fishermen. In the summer when skate egg cases wash up on the beach, people sometimes bring them to the aquarium and we discover that they still hold live embryos (see left). The big skates we currently have on display were brought in two summers ago. Big skates can grow up to six feet long, but in the aquarium they will grow to fit the tank they are in. Big skate egg cases, also known as "mermaid purses" are green to dark brown and look like they might be some kind of kelp rather than an egg. If you find one on the beach, keep it in ocean water and bring it to the aquarium to discover if it holds live babies!


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Seaside Aquarium, 200 North Prom, Seaside, Oregon 97138 Tel: (503) 738-6211.