About OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center: The center is a research and teaching facility located in Newport, Ore., on the Yaquina Bay estuary, about one mile from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. It plays an integral role in programs of marine and estuarine research and instruction, as a laboratory serving resident scientists, as a base for far-ranging oceanographic studies and as a classroom for students.

OSU, NOAA researchers document widespread methane seeps off Oregon coast

Over the past two years scientists from OSU and NOAA have documented hundreds of new methane seep sites off the Northwest coast.

 

New study shows New Zealand has its own population of blue whales

A group of blue whales that frequent the South Taranaki Bight (STB) between the North and South islands of New Zealand appears to be part of a local population that is genetically distinct from other blue whales in the Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean, a new study has found.

 

 

 

Researchers use “environmental DNA” to identify killer whales in Puget Sound

When endangered killer whales swim through the sheltered waters of Puget Sound, they leave behind traces of “environmental DNA” that researchers can detect as much as two hours later, a new study has found.

Oregon’s new gray whale license plate closer to reality after 3,000th voucher sold

It appears that Oregon will have a new license plate with the image of a gray whale mother and her calf after the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute sold its 3,000th voucher for the plates earlier this week.

Talk on whale entanglement set Sunday, April 15, at Hatfield Marine Science Center

Doug Sandilands will give a free public talk this Sunday, April 15, on “Large Whale Entanglement in Pacific Northwest Fishing Gear.”

OSU's Hatfield Center to host Marine Science Day on April 14

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will hold its annual Marine Science Day on Saturday, April 14.

Visitor Center at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center to fully reopen March 24

The popular public education wing of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will fully reopen on March 24 after closing for repairs in early December.

 

OSU to hold ceremony on March 15 to launch construction for new Marine Studies Building

Oregon State University will hold a ceremony on Thursday, March 15, to launch the construction of its new Marine Studies Building at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Hatfield Visitor Center to partially reopen on Feb. 17

The popular Visitor Center at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will partially reopen on Saturday, Feb. 17.

OSU researchers hope to raise blue whale carcass from Yaquina Bay for educational display

For the past two-plus years, the carcass of a 78-foot blue whale that washed ashore near Gold Beach, Oregon, in November 2015 has been submerged in Yaquina Bay allowing nature to run its course by having scavengers clean the bones.

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