We conclude our visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport with stops at three buildings.
The Sandy Shores exhibit helps visitors understand the complexity of this teeming but narrow ecosystem where the land meets the water. This 4,730-gallon tank replicates the unique habitat formed by docks and piers where anemones and mussels encrust the human-made features and Dungeness Crabs scuttle along the bottom. Nearby, a separate exhibit replicates the constant ebb and flow of the surf against a tide pool filled with anemones, sculpins and oysters. Other exhibits display the natural habitats of the delicate Sea Pen and the curious-looking flatfish.