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Have you ever wondered how oysters are commercially raised?
Stop by our oyster tank next time you are in for a close-up underwater view.
Also, oysters aren't the only thing to flourish in this tank. Oyster farms are home to gunnels, crabs, sea stars and more. Look closely and see how many creatures you can find.
Special thanks to the Oregon Oyster Farm, which provides oysters for this tank.
We feed our resident giant Pacific octopus on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. During the feeding time, an aquarist gives a short presentation and is on hand to answer your questions. Below is a video of an octopus feeding time at the Visitor Center. Still have questions? Check out our FAQ octopus page.
Octo Riddle: How do you make an Octopus laugh?
Moonglow anemones live in intertidal and shallow subtidal zones throughout the Pacific Northwest. They are often found partially or fully buried in the sand with their body column stretched down into the sand to find a solid place to attach themselves. They can also be found in holes in rocks carved out by boring clams or urchins. Unlike their more common cousins green anemones, moonglows are often found singly or in small groups.
While they look delicate, any animal that lives in the intertidal zone has to be hardy to survive in the ever-changing conditions. You can see these incredible animals in their natural habitat at local beaches like Seal Rock State Park, and in the Visitor Center, currently residing with the Northern Kelp Crab in the Crustacean exhibit!
This text is based on an article by Emily Bjornsgard for our March volunteer newsletter (pdf).