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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

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