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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

Ocean Voices Speaker Series

Ocean Voices Speaker Series As part of the Pacific Seas Aquarium Community Celebration, every Tuesday evening this April we’re gathering the best local scientists and ocean activists we can find for a dynamic speaker series at venues around Tacoma. Come listen, learn and be inspired to protect our ocean. All events are free.   April … Continued

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Distracting the Octopus

Playing with an octopus isn’t in everyone’s job description. But for aquarium staff Paige Gutierrez and Tai Fripp, it’s all part of caring for Ozzie, the giant Pacific octopus inside the Pacific Seas Aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Why? Because an octopus is curious – and if an aquarist is cleaning her habitat, … Continued

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Baja Diving

In clear, blue Baja Bay, three scuba divers are drifting alongside eagle rays and brightly-colored fish. They’re moving slowly, and unlike most divers in tropical waters, they’re not gazing admiringly at the animals around them. Because these divers are aquarists at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – and they’re hard at work. “We clean, we … 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.