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Pacific Seas Aquarium

Temporarily closed

To keep everyone safe.

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 and a jelly globe. Dive in.

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

NOTE: Both aquariums are temporarily closed due to current Covid-19 restrictions.

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, scuttling crabs, darting tropical fish. Descend into underwater magic.
Through shimmer
into deep blue sea.
Pass through shimmers of light art. 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
Watch our jelly-cam!
Jellyfish Zen, live from the aquarium.
While our aquariums are temporarily closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, we're bringing the ocean to you! Watch our mesmerizing jellyfish all day long with our live jelly-cam.
Meet the jellies
Safe aquariums
Know before you go.
We want to keep everyone safe and healthy in our aquariums!
  • Everyone over 5 needs a face covering.
  • Follow the one-way arrows.
  • Keep that 6-ft social distance!
  • Please don't touch the windows.
  • Keep your stroller with you.
  • Learn more

    Explore Habitats

    Baja Bay
    Northwest Waters
    Tidal Touch Zone - TEMPORARILY CLOSED
    Coastal Kelp Forest
    Jellies
    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

    2020 Year in Photos

    What a year this has been! From clouded leopard AI to a new muskox calf, from Zoolights to HeroRATs and everything in between, we’ve captured this year in our best photos of 2020.  

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    New Animal Experiences Available

    Visit the Zoo before the crowds arrive, feed an unusual hero, groom a goat, dive with sharks or go behind-the-scenes of the Pacific Seas Aquarium. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is expanding its Zoo for You exclusive animal experiences with two new premier adventures. In addition to grooming goats, diving with sharks and a behind-the-scenes … Continued

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    Rockfish Recompression

    Aquarist John Foster cradled the vermilion rockfish gently in two hands, submersed. Anesthetized, it lay still as veterinarian Dr. Kadie Anderson took a quick documentary photo of its eyes, which bulged to each side. Then Foster lowered the fish – now fully awake – into a water-filled container that looked something like sci-fi author Jules … 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 stingrays and a tropical lagoon. Explore here.