Hatfield Marine Science Center

A new license plate featuring a gray whale and her calf will be available in Oregon as of February 1st. Sales will help fund whale research.


Oregon State University

Oregon State University today, Wednesday, unveiled the plans for its new $55 million Marine Studies Building in Newport. It will be the Oregon coast’s first vertical evacuation building in case of tsunami.

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A gray whale entangled in a metal frame hasn’t been seen in about a month. It was last spotted off the coast of California and appeared to be heading north, so it could be off Oregon or Washington. Anyone who sees the whale is asked to call the Whale Stranding hotline Phone number: 1-877-767-9425

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Oregon State University needs help cataloging tens of millions of plankton photos. The university is offering 175 thousand dollars for computer algorithms that will sort the photos.

The National Data Science bowl was announced on Monday. The competition was initiated to seek the classification of plankton data gathered from a Florida expedition last summer.

Jessica Luo, a PhD student based at the Hatfield Marine Science center in Newport says the plankton photos are used to study the predator and prey relationships between larval fish.