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2009 Highlights

In addition to our regular displays, maintenance of the aquarium, and our work for the Marine Mammal Stranding network, we also:

Aquarium Presentation
  • Made multiple presentations at Seaside and Cannon Beach Public Libraries on both the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and the Aquarium.
  • Held an Open House in March raising $1200 for the Friends of Haystack Rock and the Wildlife Center of the North Coast.
  • Assisted the North Coast Land Conservancy with Necanicum Bird Discovery Day.
  • Provided touch tanks at the Cannon Beach Earth Day Celebration in April.
  • Placed a Chamber of Commerce webcam on top of Aquarium.
  • Celebrated Drexler the sealís 26th birthday.
  • Housed a live blue shark that was found struggling in the surf.
  • Found and collected a thresher shark that washed ashore.
  • Ran the Discovery Program. In its 14th summer we had almost 7000 visitors in 23 program days.
  • Helped the Wildlife Center of the North Coast with their rehab and release of 1,000 water birds this autumn (see article right).
  • Sent a live black sea turtle that washed ashore to Oregon Coast Aquarium for rehab.
  • Collected more than 500 pounds of food in our annual food drive.

Shark washed onto the beach

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 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.


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Bird Rescue

This October hundreds of waterfowl washed ashore, hypothermic and helpless. A large phytoplankton bloom had stripped the waterproofing from their feathers. The Wildlife Center of the North Coast rescued at least 600 birds and sent approx 450 to California on a Coast Guard plane for rehabilitation. The aquarium provided extra food and helped load the animals onto the plane.
For more information, visit the Wildlife Center for the Oregon Coast website: www.coastwildlife.org

Bird Rescue 1



Photos by: Tiffany Boothe, Pam Bierly, and Jason Hussa

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