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Pacific Seas Aquarium

Now Open

The new Pacific Seas Aquarium is an underwater delight. Stare at hammerhead sharks or gaze at green sea turtles. Explore Pacific Coast habitats from cold Northwest to tropical Baja California. Find world-class art. Touch a jelly globe. Dive in.

We also have a South Pacific Aquarium, home to massive sharks.

Discover the Pacific Seas

Wander down
in an ocean of discovery.
Start eye-to-eye with sharks, turtles and eagle rays. Wander down the ramps - perfect for strollers and wheelchairs - to find pulsing jellies, touchable tidal creatures, giant Pacific octopus. Descend into underwater magic.
Dives + Feeds
Through shimmer
into deep blue sea.
Pass through shimmers of light art. Touch sea stars under a watercolor seascape. Enter the deep blue of Baja Bay, then pledge to protect our ocean under giant glass jellyfish. Here, ocean and imagination meet.
All our art
Be wowed
over and over.
Dive with sharks and swim with whales in our brand-new Ocean Explorer Virtual Reality experience! Come nose to fin in an underwater world while staying completely dry. Find it daily near Baja Bay.
Ocean VR

Explore Habitats

Baja Bay
Northwest Waters
Tidal Touch Zone
Coastal Kelp Forest
Jellies
Giant Pacific octopus
Under the Narrows
Tidal Surge
North Puget Sound Color
Aquarists care
It takes dedication to be an aquarist, as well as training and time.
Our aquarists spend hundreds of hours getting to know our animals.
Feeding sharks
Using objects the animals have been trained to recognize, each gets its own portion.
It can take awhile! But the aquarists work patiently until everyone is satisfied.
Water is life
Water in the aquarium is pumped straight up from Puget Sound, filtered and warmed through a complex web of pipes.
After it washes nutrients over our animals, it’s treated and flows back into the Sound – no pollution, no waste.

Protecting the Ocean

It takes all of us.

THE THREAT: Our oceans are beautiful – but they face many threats, from plastic pollution to chemicals, oil, overfishing and acidification. Many of the animals in our aquarium are threatened in the wild.

TAKE ACTION: But we can help – the ocean is in our hands. Find out what you can do by visiting the Waves of Change gallery inside the aquarium, or exploring our Protecting Wildlife pages.

Aquarium Stories

Closed but Still Caring

We may be closed due to recent restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), but our keepers and veterinary team are still at the zoo every day caring for our animals. From enrichments to treats, check-ups to scratch-downs, here’s how we’re #closedbutstillcaring. Click on any image to start the slideshow. Mouse over to see … Continued

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When the Nurse (Shark) meets the Vet

NOTE: This exam took place before recent social distancing recommendations were mandated. “Everyone ready?” Seven heads nodded, seven pairs of feet braced in neoprene boots, and four pairs of thickly-gloved hands readied a wide, webbed stretcher. The aquarist team had gathered in the South Pacific Aquarium isolation pool at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, with … Continued

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Jelly Babies

On the visitor side, the jellyfish gallery in the Pacific Seas Aquarium is a serene blue world of floating, pulsing forms. From eggcup to dinner-plate size, they hover in a kind of translucent eternity. Behind a nearby door, however, is another world; a world of bubbling tanks, petri dishes and complicated piping. This is the … Continued

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Our Other Aquarium!
We're lucky to have two aquariums here at the Zoo! Our South Pacific Aquarium is home to massive sharks, plus touchable stingrays and a tropical lagoon. Come explore, or book a shark dive.