Oregon Aquarium Newport, Oregon
weekend visit the Oregon Aquarium,(actually the Oregon Coast Aquarium),
it has been ranked as one of the top ten aquariums in the United States
and was the former home of Keiko, the orca whale from the movie Free
Willy, who was moved to Iceland in September of 1998.
There are a
multitude of exhibits both inside and out. Displays of different fish
and invertebrates from the close shores to deeper waters are housed
inside the building.
One section is always changing. As of May, of 2008, it is called
Oddwater. It houses unusual sea creatures such as Cuttlefish and
Chambered Nautilus, as well as an old favorite the sea horse.
Outside can be found marine mammals such as sea lions, seals,
and otters. A walk through the aviary with Murre, Puffins, and other
sea birds is a wonder to behold.
Of coarse the Passages of the Deep is always fascinating. Three
separate areas to walk through make you wonder if you are watching the
animals or they are watching you. As you pass through the exhibit you
are surrounded by water and fish both above and below.
You first will come to a section that is primarily rockfish followed by
large halibut and cod. The last section holds many species of rays,
sharks, as well as other fish.
As you wonder through the Oregon Aquarium, time will get away from you.
You will find yourself watching the same animal as it swims around the
enclosure. A sense of peacefulness and relaxation flows over you.
Watching as a shark passes over your head is an exhilarating
experience. As they come out of the darkness you realize how powerful
and majestic these animals are.
will find yourself viewing the sea otters for what seems like only
minutes, to find that an hour has passed. As you look through the
viewing glass or from above while these creatures swim and float around
the pool. Watch as they feed and play time will just slip away as you
relax to their playfulness.
You will also fine sea lions
swimming and frolicking in their own pool. Again you can watch from
above or through the underwater windows. Near by you can wonder around
the grotto to fine the octopus hiding in the dark.
Oh I almost forgot, don't miss the sea bird exhibit, be sure not to let the birds out.
spent at the Oregon Coast Aquarium is time well spent. I recommend that
you not miss this attraction when you visit the Oregon Coast.
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