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Lagoon

Get Tropical

A swirl of vibrant, Day-Glo color. Swishing tails, fluttering fins. Leopard prints, neon yellow stripes, hot orange lips. It’s a balmy, tropical world in the Lagoon, with fish and and an eel swimming in a sandy, Indo-Pacific reef.

NOTE: Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, the lower viewing window is temporarily closed.

Swim into the Lagoon

Feeding time.
(Krill, veggies, Cheerios.)
It's like taking a brush to an artist's palette and swirling it. When the lagoon fish get fed, it's a kaleidoscope of color, Ask our aquarists what everyone's eating!
Find it
in the Zoo.
Find the Lagoon in the upper South Pacific Aquarium.
Plan your day
Wrasse
Time to clean up.
Wrasse come in many shapes, colors and sizes, from 3 inches to 8 feet.
Some maintain cleaning stations for other fish, removing parasites and dead tissue.
Tang tails
Slashing, slicing
Tangs are oval shaped fish with a sharp spine at the base of their tails.
It can slash intruders or be as exact as a surgeon's scalpel.
Angelfish
It's all about looks.
Angelfish have bright color patterns they use to identify threats to their territory.
Young fish look different from adults so they can swim nearby without being chased.

A Plastic Ocean?

Let's turn that tide.

THE THREAT: By 2050, scientists predict that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Plastic trash builds up on land and, despite our best efforts, eventually blows or washes out to sea, where it chokes and starves marine animals.

HOW TO HELP: Reduce your use of plastic. Choose reusable items like lunch wrappings and water bottles; say no to straws and extra packaging. Help protect our ocean.

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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Love the Lagoon?
Love the Lagoon? Then check out the Outer Reef, where massive sharks glide through deep blue water.