1. LeeAnn Gauthier

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    The jelly fish, nautilus and dizzying array of rainbow corals are stunning. The marine biologists are so educated and willing to share.The baby stingrays always want to play. You can pet sharks and stingrays carefully with 2 fingers as well as feed them. They are SO soft. The stingrays are known to jump out of the tank at night, hence a net was added to keep them alive.The $9.95 behind-the-scenes TOUR is fascinating/educational. From the tour: the marine animals are very fragile and keeping them alive involves high tech filtration and lights in the (?) 8-10,000K temperature range, and round-the-clock surveillance. The rate of death for the animals in PDX is near 2-3 %, which is much LOWER than other aquariums. No, they don’t have a press liaison.Remember that K Temperature for white balance on your camera, as you will want to record these wonders.The admission fee of $10-11 reflects the smaller size of the exhibits.Save $1 by buying online.I’ve been a member since day 1 and LOVE visiting the nautilus, Lionfish, jellyfish, and feeding the lorikeets.LeeAnn GauthierStudio Gauthier

  2. A Coy

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    My family loves this place. We are members. I think they did a good job considering the location was a restaurant and opening up at the end of a recession. Being able to interact with the animals is really fun. The staff we talked with seemed to care about the exhibits and animals. Keep in mind its not sea world its a small aquarium in a suburb of Portland.

  3. Zara Horn

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    Great place for adventures with kids. My daughter and all 4 of my nieces/nephews love it. It is NOT comparable to the Coast Aquarium, but is an excellent space to spend a few hours with younger kids.We’ve been there multiple times and never encountered any unpleasant smell, lethargic fish or dirty tanks. What is exceptional about this place is the number of hands on touchable displays and places for kids to interact.

  4. Benjamin Hong

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    I love aquariums and fascinated by ocean life. So when I first learned that there was going to be a Portland Aquarium, I was looking forward to it. But when I learned that the building they were residing in used to be a steakhouse, my optimism dropped a bit. Ocean dwellers require lots of space so I wasn’t quite sure how they were going to have a healthy environment for the animals. That always has to be the number #1 concern. But after visiting, I see how they do it. The largest tank and animals are located in the open floor level tank where people can pet and feed the sharks and eels. It’s roughly the surface area of a school bus. So it’s a decent size. All the other animals were in small tanks and most animals were smaller. But there were a few things that through me off. They have a very small reptile section next to a bird enclosure surrounded by a kids jungle gym. It just didn’t fit. I felt like they didn’t have enough pure water dwellers to showcase or to house so they went with a collection of other things to do. Another thing that was making me scratch my head was their washing station by the open tank. First, I’m glad that they had washing stations for the sake of the animals health and ours. But instead of air dryers or disposable towels, they had just regular bath towels to dry hands. They had a sign to explain how this was better but if you don’t change the towels often, it actually is not hygienically better for humans or sea creatures. Overall, because of the small location, the setup, and layout Portland Aquarium feels more like a glorified fish pet shop place than an actual aquarium.

  5. Shay Kidd

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    Way fun if you make it fun. Lots of interaction and information. Be sure to take your time and really enjoy the hands on displays. Even has a good kids jungle gym that you can hit midway to burn some wiggles.