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Over 15,000 marine animals representing 500 species on exhibit

The Oregon Coast Aquarium exhibits over 15,000 coastal dwellers from the well known to the virtually unknown: in all, over 500 species of marine mammals, birds, fishes and invertebrates. Below is a sampling of some of the species. *** Fishes: The Oregon Coast Aquarium exhibits fish species that have adapted to thrive among the special challenges of Oregon's diverse coastal habitats, from its rugged rocky shores, to calmer sandy beaches, to open ocean waters. These adaptations range from the pipefish’s camouflage, which almost perfect matches the eelgrass it hides in, to the spotted ratfish’s large eyes, which allow it to see in dark, deep water. Anchovies Banded rockfish Bay pipefish Bigfin eelpout Big skate Black rockfish Black skate Blackbelly eelpout Blackeye goby Blue rockfish Bocaccio Cabezon California bat ray Canary rockfish Chinook salmon China rockfish Chub mackerel Coho salmon Copper rockfish Crescent gunnel Darkblotched rockfish Fluffy sculpin Grunt sculpin Herring Jackmackerel Kelp greenling Leopard shark Longnose skate Lingcod Northern spearnose poacher Pacific halibut Pacific sanddab Pacific herring Petrale sole Quillback rockfish Red-banded rockfish Red Irish lord Redtail surfperch Rock greenling Roughback sculpin Sablefish Sevengill shark Shiner perch Shortspine thornyhead Silver perch Sixgill shark Smooth alligatorfish Smoothhound shark Soupfin shark Speckled sanddab Spiny dogfish shark Spotted ratfish Staghorn sculpin Starry flounder Sturgeon poacher Tiger rockfish Vermilion rockfish White sturgeon Wolf-eel Yelloweye rockfish Yellowtail rockfish *** Invertebrates: The Aquarium opens up the world of invertebrates that commonly live along Oregon's shores. For example, visitors can find 21 species of sea stars exhibited throughout the Aquarium, from the filigree-like basket star to the aptly named bat star. In addition, in the special exhibit entitled Jellies: Jewels of the Sea, the Aquarium features jellyfish from around the world. The Aquarium currently is home to the following invertebrates: Aggregating anemone Atlantic sea nettle Bat star Basket star Bell jelly Black Katy chiton Blue jelly Brittle star Brown star California mussel Christmas tree anemone Club hydromedusa Comb jelly Crystal jelly Dawson’s sun star Elegant jelly Egg yolk jelly Giant bell jelly Giant green anemone Giant Pacific octopus Giant star Gumboot chiton Leather star Lion's mane jelly Lyre crab Masking crab Moon jelly Ochre star Octopus jelly Oregon cancer crab Plumose anemone Purple sea urchin Purple-striped jelly Red-eyed bell jelly Red octopus Sand dollar Sand rose anemone Sea gooseberry Sea pen Shoe crab Sharp-nosed crab Spot prawn Stimpson’s sun star Strawberry anemone Umbrella jelly Upside-down jelly Veiled chiton West Coast sea nettle White-spotted anemone *** Birds: The Aquarium is home to five species of Oregon seabirds and one shorebird species. While these species maintain robust populations off the Oregon coast, they are seldom seen. Seabirds live on the open sea except during the breeding season, when they come briefly to rookeries during the summer. The black oystercatcher, a shorebird, keeps to rocky areas where human contact is rare. Black oystercatcher Rhinoceros auklet Common murre Tufted puffin Pigeon guillemot Caspian tern *** Marine mammals: Most of the Aquarium’s marine mammals were either born in captivity or were rehabilitated from an illness or injury but were deemed unfit to survive in the wild. Aialik, a northern sea otter, was only about one week old when he was found abandoned near Ketchikan in southeast Alaska in July 1998. In January 2000, six-month-old Adaa, a northern sea otter, was found wandering on an airport runway in Port Heiden, in southern Alaska. When rescued, he was suffering from hypothermia and would likely have perished if authorities had not intervened. The Aquarium’s southern sea otter Hunter was just one week old when he was rescued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program (SORAC) after washing onto Carmel Beach in California in February 1998. It is believed that he became separated from his mother during heavy surf conditions. California sea lion Harbor seal Northern sea otter Southern sea otter

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