Welcome to Rocky ShoresThe Rocky Shores exhibits replicate an area of the craggy coastline near Cape Flattery, Washington.
Rocky cliffs surround four main exhibit pools for harbor seals, walruses, sea otters, common murres and tufted puffins. You can view this exhibit above and below water, offering a "closer than ever before" look at these marine animals.
One of the star attractions in this exhibit is "E.T." In 1982, oil workers in Alaska found a starving orphan walrus pup and gave him his "movie star" name (he certainly bears a resemblance). He was raised at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and now weighs over 3,400 pounds. Female walruses Basilla and Joan now live with E.T., and PDZA staff are working to establish a breeding group among the walruses.
Meet Hogan and Saya, our new Harbor seal pups!
Eight-year-old harbor seal Shila gave birth to a 23-pound male pup, named Hogan, on June 2. Nine-year-old Qilak gave birth to a female pup, named Saya, on June 10. They're both swimming well, eating fish on their own, and are on display in Rocky Shore during regular zoo hours.
The pregnancies were the result of breeding recommendations from the cooperative Species Survival Plan® for harbor seals.