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Explore the Shore

June 5, 2020
11:15AM - 12:45PM
Discover the world of low tide. Owen Beach, Point Defiance Park. Free.

Underwater, revealed

Discover, uncover
the world of low tide
Discover a world that's uncovered and covered with each tide. Walk Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park with our naturalists, who'll help you spot and identify tidal animals like crabs, shellfish, anemones and more.
It's your beach.
Explore it.
Ages 5 and up. Free. Meet on the beach near the parking lot and register at the event tent. Beach walks last 1.5 hours, though you may stay longer if you like.
When the Nurse (Shark) meets the Vet

NOTE: This exam took place before recent social distancing recommendations were mandated. “Everyone ready?” Seven heads nodded, seven pairs of feet braced in neoprene boots, and four pairs of thickly-gloved hands readied a wide, webbed stretcher. The aquarist team had gathered in the South Pacific Aquarium isolation pool at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, with three veterinary staff in waders waiting in the wings. The nurse sharks were about to meet the vet for a check-up. All Together Now “It’s…

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A Sea Otter’s Dentist Appointment

“There’s a dentist for that?!” That might be the first reaction for many when they hear Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s sea otter Libby took a trip to the dentist’s office (AKA the healthcare center at the zoo). Dr. Kevin Stepaniuk, FAVD, DAVDC owns Veterinary Dentistry Education and Consulting Services and Veterinary Intraoral Radiology Reading Services and clinically works at Pacific Northwest Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery. He and his team work on mostly dogs and cats, but occasionally get…

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Jelly Babies

On the visitor side, the jellyfish gallery in the Pacific Seas Aquarium is a serene blue world of floating, pulsing forms. From eggcup to dinner-plate size, they hover in a kind of translucent eternity. Behind a nearby door, however, is another world; a world of bubbling tanks, petri dishes and complicated piping. This is the world of Dr. Chad Widmer, aquarist at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and a world-renowned jellyfish expert. It’s a world of science, mystery and microscopic…

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A Plastic-Free Ocean
Explore the shore, and you may find more than just marine creatures. Our oceans are filling up with plastic - and it's up to us to stop the tide.