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2012 Spring Highlights

In addition to the everyday work of taking care of regular displays, maintenance of the aquarium, and volunteering for the Marine Mammal Stranding network, Aquarium staff also :


 
  • Hosted 42 school groups, totaling more than 1,000 students.
  • As part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, autopsied and arranged for burial of a sperm whale, two gray whales, and an orca (all unrelated cases).
  • CCreated and published two new informational Beach Discovery cards - on sand dollars and crab molts - to be distributed at local Seaside businesses.
  • Participated in Seaside’s Necanicum Bird Day.
  • Welcomed KGW TV’s Drew Carney to the Aquarium for a live remote broadcast promoting the North Oregon Coast and our 75th Anniversary.
  • Shared touch tanks and information at Cannon Beach’s Earth Day Celebration
  • Shared information on proper marine mammal response at the Grass Roots Garbage Gang Fundraiser in Long Beach, Washington.
  • Represented the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, presenting “Whales, Porpoises, and Sea Lions: What we have Learned from Marine Mammals on our Coast” for the Columbia River Maritime Museum’s Science on Tap series at the Fort George Brewery.
  • Presented “75 Years! The History Behind the Seaside Aquarium” to the Seaside Rotary and Seaside Downtown Development Association.
  • Participated in Kelly’s Brighton Marina Crab Derby in Nehalem, a fundraiser for the Rinehart Clinic.

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.


Next Size? Leave the old shell behind.

Crab Crabs are categorized as crustaceans (cruh-STAYshuns), a group of invertebrate animals with hard shells on the outsides of their bodies. Their shells are actually their skeletons!

Having a skeleton on the outside would seem to limit growth, but crustaceans have this problem solved. To grow, they actually shed their shells in a process called molting.

First, a crab grows a new, soft shell under its old one. The crab then fills its body with sea water to pop open the top of its carapace (back shell) like a lid, and squeezes out backwards, leaving the shell intact. They shed the shell and a few other parts, including antennae and gills. The new soft shell expands once the crab is out, and then hardens within a few weeks. If a crab loses a limb, it will re-grow it in the next molt.




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