Oregon aquarium to open underwater exhibit

NEWPORT, Ore. -- The Oregon Coast Aquarium here will open its $6.9 million "Passages of the Deep" exhibit this Memorial Day weekend.

The 1.32 million-gallon exhibit will feature three ocean habitats connected by a 200-foot underwater tunnel. Suspended eight feet below the water's surface, the clear tunnel will give visitors a 360-degree view of the diverse marine life found off Oregon's coast.

The Orford Reef section of the exhibit simulates a rocky southern Oregon reef, featuring wolf eels and striped bass.

The Halibut Flats section features a sunken ship as the background for showcasing California bat rays, Pacific halibut, Pacific cod and rockfish.

The finale of "Passages of the Deep" is the 850,000-gallon Open Sea section. This portion of the tunnel features mackerel, coatstriped bass, salmon and various shark species.

The 39-acre Oregon Coast Aquarium is rated one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. by Parade magazine.

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, the aquarium's hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The aquarium is open every day except Dec. 25. General admission is $8.75; adults ages 65 and older pay $7.75; children ages 4 to 13 pay $4.50, and children under 4 are admitted free.

Oregon Coast Aquarium
Phone: (541) 867-3474
Web: www.aquarium.org

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