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Northwest Waters

Did you know?

An anemone that eats fish? What about one that lives for 100 years? We have dozens of white, orange and pink anemones in the enormous Northwest Waters habitat – see how many you can spot!

Explore the Northwest

Inside Puget Sound
Deep, beautiful, cold.
Northwest Waters is a replica of the seascape you’d see underwater right here in Puget Sound – anemones, ratfish, rockfish, even barnacled pilings – all behind a massive glass wall.
Watch for divers!
(They live here too.)
Our Northwest Waters habitat is big enough that we need human divers to clean it and care for our animals. Give them a wave or the scuba “ok” sign: a circled thumb and forefinger.

Meet our animals

Giant plumose anemone
Crimson anemone
Fish-eating anemone
Rockfish
Flounder

Save our Sound

It takes all of us.

THE THREAT: Animals in Puget Sound face many human-caused threats, like pollution and overfishing. Chemicals and plastic wash down from our streets.

TAKE ACTION: The solution is in our hands. Reduce single-use plastic and find sustainable fish on the Seafood Watch app. And ask your favorite restaurant to commit to being ocean-friendly!

Aquarium Stories

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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Shark Dives Re-Open

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is reopening its Eye-to-Eye Shark Dives on Thursday, Sept. 10, with timed online tickets and enhanced safety protocols designed to help guests connect up close with sharks while staying safe and healthy. Timed online tickets will go on sale Aug. 28. The 60-minute adventure allows up to four guests from … Continued

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Who's Nearby?
Love Northwest Waters? Then check out the Tidal Touch Zone, just down the ramp, where you can touch sea creatures like anemones and sea stars.