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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For example, the humpback whale is not particularly
rare, but hardly ever washes up on beaches because it
spends its time miles offshore. Usually when it dies, its
carcass is carried around in the ocean until it deteriorates
completely. The one that washed ashore in Washington
this winter was the first one the local Marine Mammal
Stranding network has seen in its ten years of operation.
A King of the Salmon that washed ashore this summer provided a
wonderful sample of deep-water fish for the aquarium.
Living between 500 and 1,000 feet below the ocean’s
surface and reaching six feet in length,
this fish needs big eyes to see. The one that we found had an eye nearly
three inches across! The aquarium has frozen the fish
and hopes to preserve it permanently for use on display.
Our regular programs and associations, including leading
the local Marine Mammal Stranding Network and our
outreach programs, take us all over Clatsop County and
beyond. We also continued our regular partnership with
Seaside’s Watershed Estuary Beach Discovery Program,
and our support for the Wildlife Rehab Center. In
- Held a Haystack Rock Awareness Program
benefit in March, "Captive animals raise money
for wild ones"
- Placed an unusual prowfish on display at the
- Participated in Cannon Beach’s Earth Day
- Held a seal naming raffle - the winners chose the
- Participated in the local elementary schools’
- Had three new baby seals born:
- Watched baby octopuses hatch
- Held a community Open House for the local
food bank and HRAP in December
Thanks for visiting us in 2006.|
We wouldn’t be here without your support!
Visit us online at www.seasideaquarium.com