This weekend we ran out to Newport to visit the OSU Matfiled Marine Science Center. It’s right around the corner from the Newport Aquarium, which is impressive in its own right, so I didn’t expect much. How much marine science can you really cram into one town? Well, a lot.
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I actually learned quite a bit at the HMSC. For example, we’ve actually tried to reintroduce sea otters to the Oregon Coast, but those attempts have failed. Why? No one knows for sure, but recent DNA analysis of early Oregon otter remains shows that our otters were more closely related to a southern population, still clinging to existence on the California coast, than to the Northern, Alaskan otters which we had tried to reintroduce. For more on sea otter reintroduction and conservation, check out the Elakha Alliance.
We missed a giant sea turtle necropsy, which HMSC staff were going to perform for visitors. You won’t see that just anywhere. I was impressed.