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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

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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Dear Santa: An Animal Wish List

What would you ask Santa for these holidays if you were a walrus? Or a tiger? Of course we can’t know what our animals are thinking, but we can definitely make some fun guesses based on what they enjoy doing or eating! Here’s a Zoo wish-list for Santa from some of our animals. Let’s hope … Continued

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Chiquita explores the aquarium

If the sharks and fish noticed an unusual animal in the South Pacific Aquarium, they didn’t let on. In the steamy aquarium, on a December Tuesday when Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium was closed, two tamanduas were wandering past the Outer Reef, along the lagoon and over to stingray beach. It was Terra and her … 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.