Hatfield Visitor Center Tour - Oregon Sea Grant operates the Visitor Center which is the public education wing of the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Over 150,000 people pass through the doors of the Visitor Center each year to explore the exhibits and learn about marine animals, current research, and issues facing our coast. In 2018, aquarium tank stands at the Visitor Center were renovated. Contractors replaced the 21-year-old metal supports then sculpted artificial rockwork around and under the tanks. Take a before and after tour of the VC.
Feeding the Giant Pacific Octopus - One of the main marine animals featured at the Hatfield Visitor Center is the giant Pacific octopus. These animals are always a favorite for visitors to see and staff to work with. Watch our octopus feeding presentation here.
Releasing the Giant Pacific Octopus - Join Sea Grant's Aquatic Animal Health Program staff as they release a giant pacific octopus into the waters of Yaquina Bay, Oregon.