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Washed Ashore Grand Opening

April 22 - April 23
9:30 am

See larger-than-life sea creatures sculpted from plastic ocean trash. Sand toys, plastic bottles, and colorful shards of all kinds have been transformed into the stripes of a giant parrot fish, the teeth of a 10-foot-long shark, and the beak of a massive penguin.

These are just a few of the awe-inspiring animal sculptures that will be featured at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium as part of the Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea exhibit. All of the artworks are made out of plastic debris that has washed up on beaches.

Be amazed by these artworks while learning about the impact of human activities on these animals in the wild - and find out how you can join the Zoo's quest to reduce single-use plastics.

The exhibit runs through Oct. 21, 2017. 


  • Scavenger Hunt - Pick up this activity page at the Zoo and go on a scavenger hunt to find items hidden in each sculpture. Learn where the animals' counterparts can be found around the zoo.
  • Marine Discovery Center - Dive deeper into ocean plastics with imagery and activities that show how plastic enters the ocean and how you can help stop it.
  • Earth Aid Station - Meet a volunteer and make your own pledge to cut down on single-use plastics.
  • Staff Picks - Browse examples of favorite items used by Zoo staff to help cut down on single-use plastics.

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