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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.

And it’s all free with Zoo admission or membership.

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, spider crabs, giant Pacific octopus. Descend into underwater magic.
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.
Aquarium art
Be wowed
over and over.
Our new aquarium is already stunning, but there's much more to come. We'll keep adding animals and finishing touches through the end of the year. Come back again and again to see what’s new.
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Explore Habitats

Baja Bay
Northwest Waters
Giant Spider Crabs
Tidal Touch Zone
Coastal Kelp Forest
Jellies
Giant Pacific octopus
Under the Narrows
Tidal Surge
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

We opened the Pacific Seas Aquarium!

Two dozen necks crane up, up, up, eyes riveted on the scene above, as four hammerhead sharks cruise overhead. Sunny the sea turtle joins the scene, swimming unhurriedly by and then diving deeper into his home. Suddenly, two eagle rays “fly” overhead, their pectoral fins gently flapping up and down to propel them through the … Continued

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Hanging an 80-pound jellyfish

“Do you need more padding?” Kait Rhoads is standing, hands on hips, near a tentacled lump swathed in bubble wrap. Four men hover, poised to act. As one micro-adjusts a padding blanket on a lift, the others set hands on the bubble wrap. “Ready? One, two, three, up!” With two weeks to go until the … Continued

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Kait’s Vision of Glass Jellyfish

In Kait Rhoads’ Seattle studio, four people are making a jellyfish. Focusing intently, they thread glass circles onto long steel tentacles, weaving copper wire in and out to keep the circles in place. Even with light floating through the big windows and art and plants everywhere, it’s a tedious job. But the atmosphere’s upbeat. Rhoads’ … Continued

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Support the Aquarium
It takes a community to build an aquarium. While much of the $51.6 million budget is coming from a voter-approved Tacoma tax bond, The Zoo Society is working to raise $4.2 million to close the gap. Help us build this jewel for our city.