Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Welcome to Rocky Shores

The 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 of this exhibit is "E.T." the walrus. 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, 2013. Nine-year-old Qilak gave birth to a female pup, Saya, on June 10, 2013. Both pups are swimming well, eating fish on their own, and enjoying their Rocky Shores exhibit during regular Zoo hours. The pregnancies were the result of breeding recommendations from the cooperative Species Survival Plan® for harbor seals.




Additional Resources

Enjoy daily marine mammal presentations, which offer an entertaining and educational demonstration of the natural history and abilities of Rocky Shores animals.

As part of its conservation mission, the Zoo supports the work of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.