Oregon Coast Aquarium

We were finally on our way to the aquarium – across the Yaquina Bay Bridge and “Oh, No, I went the wrong way” and we were going back over the bridge returning from whence we came.  Once more back over the bridge and this time I got it right and pulled into the parking lot of the aquarium.  The lines to get in were very long, but we were inside in about 20 minutes. First, we saw the seabirds.  Several of them were not in any kind of enclosures.  A black oystercatcher was putting on quite a show for his audience. I had fun trying to take his photo as he never stopped moving.

Facts about the Black Oystercatcher: They are predatory birds feeding mostly on snails, mussels and crabs. From Alaska to Oregon, the Oystercatcher are black and they have more white patches when they live in the southern coast. They usually mate for life and nest on islands. They are mostly permanent residents with no regular migration.

Facts about the Murres: Murres travel up to 6,000 km a year when they migrate. They can leap from cliffs more than 500 km at three weeks of age.. They live for 25 years. Murres live in huge colonies. along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

We enjoyed taking photos of the puffins. They were not inside any cages and seemed very social with each other.  When we were in Iceland a few years ago, we were disappointed when we didn’t see any puffins. We traveled quite a ways to see them at their breeding grounds but not a one was seen. I guess we went at the wrong time of the year.

Puffin facts: Puffins are expert divers and flappers. They can reach up to speeds of 55 miles per hour. They can dive to depths of 200 feet in search of fish. Although they mate for life, they don’t spend their time together and only reunite at nesting grounds each spring.

They seemed very affectionate.
This is a tufted puffin. Their numbers are shrinking dramatically. Climate change may be a major factor in causing them to die off as it has resulted in a lack of food supply.
Sea Creatures

We went to where the otters were swimming on top and underneath the water.  It was impossible to catch them under water, but I did get this one photo of an otter relaxing on top of the water.

Taking a sun bath.

Much of the aquarium was inside and consequently, we did not get very good photos. It was very crowded and no flash was allowed. I did get a few images that turned out ok.

Red sea urchin
White Sebae Anemone
Red sea urchin
Sea Anemone

We were leaving early the next morning, because we wanted to get to Cape Perpetua before the sun came up.  We went to a nearby grocery store and bought a few things for our dinner and had a relaxing afternoon and took pictures of the sun going down from our window.

Looking out from our hotel window at the beautiful sunset!

Cape Perpetua, trees and the rising sun in the next post.

 

4 thoughts

  1. Dianne, I loved the animal pictures and especially the puffins. had hoped to see some in Prince Edward Is. but didn’t . they are amazing looking and loved all the sea creatures. Thank you for the beautiful pictures!!!!! Thank you to Shawn too!!!!

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  2. Thanks for the all the great knowledge about the birdlife in Oregon! Some great pictures of those fast-moving animals!

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