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We are now operating on our regular season schedule and are open Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are available online and at the door.
Visitors of all ages are invited to play in our newly updated Sandbox.
How does it work? Move the sand and observe how the contour lines and colors projected onto the sand change. These contour lines and colors are similar to those found on maps and mark different elevations and terrain. Next, hold your hand over the landscape you create, and virtual rain will fall. Watch how rain affects the land and creates rivers and lakes.
Watch this video of our resident octopus grooming by twirling her arms. This circular action pulls off the top layer of skin on their suction cups. Octopuses need their suction cups to be clean and fresh. Properly groomed suction cups are essential to help them sense their surroundings and get a good seal when grabbing onto surfaces or objects. Octopuses also shed this top layer as they grow.
This video was taken by Hatfield aquarist Jaimie Hart and edited by Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholar Maia Norton.
Gently pet fish, abalone and sea stars. Discover what happens when you stroke the sticky tentacles of a sea anemone. Friendly volunteers are on hand to answer questions and help visitors of all ages. Feeding time in the tidepool tanks - Fridays, at 11 a.m.
Look closely as the camera pans through the eelgrass and see how many pipefish you can find. The video pans through the eelgrass a second time and shows you where these fish are hiding out.
Pipefish can be found around wharves, floating freely in tide lines, or camouflaging themselves in eelgrass beds and patches of seaweed in bays and estuaries. Fun fact: The female pipefish transfers eggs to the male's brood pouch, where he cares for developing young. Pipefish and seahorses belong to the same family, which is why their little faces are so similar.