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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

Making Turtle Waves

The look on Keilan Fowora’s face was priceless. “Are these real?” asked the seven-year-old, running his fingers over a sea turtle shell and the sharp teeth on a shark jaw bone. “Yep, they’re real,” assured Heather Detwiler, outreach associate for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, standing behind the table at Tacoma’s STAR Center. Then Keilan’s … Continued

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Spider crabs make a scientific splash

Aquarist Mikiko Williams, clad in a black wetsuit, stood in the Japanese Spider Crab habitat at the Pacific Seas Aquarium, reached down, gently picked up an animal that weighed about 8 pounds and hoisted it up and out of the water. It was just after 8:30 a.m., the Zoo would open in an hour, and … Continued

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Caring for the small: Rockfish and seahorse

In a corridor surrounded by pipes, tanks and equipment, three women crouch over a tub. One – an intern veterinarian – carefully handles a Q-tip swab. The second – a veterinarian – readies a microscope slide. The third – an aquarist – has her gloved hands submerged, gently holding a china rockfish. A fourth aquarist … 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.