Welcome Young Explorers

From the dark ocean depths to the mountaintop forests, your adventure through nature begins here.

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Our World Ocean

Travel around the globe to find the mysterious places and amazing animals of our great, interconnected ocean.

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Everyday Adventurers

Meet other teens and young adults as they experience, explore and protect our fragile blue planet.

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Connected to Science

Our Virtual Explorations let you join scientists, explorers and researchers on the edge of discovery!

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Education Through Discovery

Educators can sign up for free accounts to facilitate inquiry-based learning and access classroom resources.

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Daily Updates

'The Stream' is our constantly updated information system. Use it to find what's new on the Oceanscape Network.

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"Now it’s your turn to be the explorer, the adventurer, the scientist..."

New Features:

Solar Eclipse Viewing: A full solar eclipse will blanket parts of Oregon in darkness on August 21, 2017. These features will help you plan your viewing opportunities on the Oregon Coast.

New Landmark Place: Oregon Caves: A national and geological treasure, the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve is a must-see feature for Oregon Landmark Places.

From the Stream

Using the Oceanscape Network:

  • At Home

    From the comfort of your home, explore the amazing natural history of the Oregon Coast and the world ocean. Discover new ways to experience or protect our natural world every day, or connect with us through our social networks.

  • In the Field

    Take your smart device along on your next outdoor adventure and use it to share your thoughts, photos or videos with other visitors through The Stream. Or use a GPS app and our Wayfind It features to explore the Oregon Coast.

  • At School

    Ask your teachers to create student communities and then use our scienctific inquiry modules to explore aquatic habitats and natural history topics. This feature may help Oregon high school students earn credit toward graduation!

Featured Slideshow:

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    The World's Most Endangered Whales

    Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas): These small arctic whales are often poisoned by ocean-borne toxins. U.S. populations are stable but worldwide it is currently listed as a threatened species.

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    The World's Most Endangered Whales

    Vaquita (Phocoena sinus): Currently the world's most endangered cetacean, it is estimated that only 30 vaquita remain in the wild.

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    The World's Most Endangered Whales

    Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus): It is estimated that over 1 million sperm whales were killed during the 18th and 19th centuries. Their numbers have now rebounded impressively and they are the most abundant of the large whale although some local populations remain imperiled.

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    The World's Most Endangered Whales

    Sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis): These whales are still hunted by the Japanese with their meat being used primarily for sushi. Their current population is only 20% of their historical numbers.

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    The World's Most Endangered Whales

    Right whale (Balaena australis): Among the most hunted of whale species, the right whale is still considered critically endangered. One population has fewer than 300 whales left in it.

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    The World's Most Endangered Whales

    Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus): Although the eastern gray whale found along the coast of North America is a conservation success story, the western species found in the waters of east Asia is estimated to have less than 100 individuals left.

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    The World's Most Endangered Whales

    Boto river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis): One of only 4 species of river dolphin in the world, the Boto (or pink river dolphin) lives only in the Amazon River of South America.

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    The World's Most Endangered Whales

    Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae): An iconic whale, they were hunted to near extinction but many of their populations are now rebounding thanks to international conservation efforts.

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    The World's Most Endangered Whales

    Narwhal (Monodon monoceros): Only one of 3 whale species to live exclusively in the Arctic, they are threatened by poaching for their long tusks and by the results of climate change.

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    The World's Most Endangered Whales

    Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus): An arctic whale species, they were hunted by people for 400 years. They are currently under threat by global climate change which is reducing arctic ice and warming the ocean.

Year of the Vaquita 2017

This 60 second video will quickly introduce you to the vaquita and the challenges being addressed by the Year of the Vaquita.