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Baja Bay

Blue, balmy water. A giant curved window. Green sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, hammerhead sharks. The 280,000-gallon Baja Bay is a microcosm of the warm ocean near Baja California. Be mesmerized.

Swim into Baja

Balmy Baja
Over your head.
Heated to a balmy 77 degrees, Baja Bay is home to tropical and subtropical marine animals that could be found in Hawaii and Mexico, swimming overhead. Find it in the lowest section of the Pacific Seas Aquarium.
Who's in Baja?
Always more to see.
Green sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, hammerhead sharks Dazzling red soldierfish, Cortez angelfish, rainbow wrasse, Panamic porkfish – we’re adding species all the time. Come back to see them all.

Meet our animals

Sunny
Azul
Hammerhead sharks
Eagle ray
Tropical fish
California moray eel
Love your lettuce
(and grow to 400 pounds)
Green sea turtles are herbivores – in the wild they would eat seagrasses and algae. Ours love romaine lettuce, bell pepper and other veggies!
They can live for over 80 years, and grow to 300-400 pounds. They live in warm oceans around the world and migrate a lot.
"Flying"
Or just resting.
While spotted eagle rays can seemingly “fly” through the water, they also spend a lot of time feeding and resting on the sea floor.
When threatened, an eagle ray has 2-6 stinging spines at the base of its tail to use for defense.
Hammer head
All the better to eat you.
Broad heads help hunting: Eyes at either end give stereoscopic vision.
More width allows the shark’s sensing organs to find prey buried in sand.

Save Sharks

Support research.

THE THREAT: Many sharks – including hammerheads – are endangered around the world, with declining populations due to overfishing, finning and more.

HOW TO HELP: We’re helping hammerheads by supporting scientists that tag and study them in Hawaii and Baja, Mexico. This helps understand their habitat to better protect them. Your donation can help.

Aquarium Stories

When the Nurse (Shark) meets the Vet

“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 three veterinary staff in waders waiting in the wings. The nurse sharks … 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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Ocean Explorer Virtual Reality

The white sand glows as you curve with a hammerhead shark through azure waters. Later, you tilt and dive down deep to rescue a green sea turtle from a plastic net – and are repaid with a magical tour through a coral wonderland. Four captivating ocean adventures await you with Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s … Continued

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Who's Nearby?
Love Baja Bay? Then don’t miss the Waves of Change gallery just next door, and find out how you can protect the ocean.