Tidal Touch Zone
Did you know?
When a sea urchin “hugs” your finger if you gently touch its spines, it’s actually checking you out: Are you food or predator?
If you’re neither, the animal will just gradually release you.
Now open for touching!
Mon-Fri 9:30am – 4pm
Sat-Sun 9:30am – 5pm
Touch low tide
Meet our animals
Sea star arms race
A slow-motion battle
Don't be fooled by the slow speed - sea stars move on thousands of "feet" to catch prey.
The video above was sped up 60 times to show how two of our sea stars battled for a clam!
Protect our Sound
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 learn more on one of our Explore the Shore beach walks!
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