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Jul 13, 2019

Sharks and more sharks. Dive in.
Free with admission. July 13-14

Apr 30, 2019

Local heroes, local issues. Get inspired.
Phillip Hall, UWT, 1918 Pacific Ave. Free. Apr. 30

Apr 26, 2019

Community art to save the ocean.
Free with admission. April 26-28

Apr 23, 2019

Sharks, turtles, scientists and more.
Phillip Hall, UWT, 1918 Pacific Ave. Free. Apr. 23

Apr 20, 2019

Go behind the scenes at the aquarium.
Free with admission. April 20

Apr 19, 2019

Meet the artist behind the mural.
Free with admission. April 19

Apr 16, 2019

Saving sharks from finning: Film + Q&A.
The Grand Cinema, 606 Fawcett Ave. Free. Apr. 16

Apr 13, 2019

Meet underwater filmmaker siblings.
Free with admission. April 13-14

Apr 12, 2019

Meet the artist of “Shimmer” and “Shoal.”
Free with admission. April 12

Apr 11, 2019

Meet the artist, hear the science.
Free at University of Puget Sound. April 11

Apr 11, 2019

Meet Narwhal, Jelly and author Ben Clanton.
Free with admission. April 11

Apr 09, 2019

Inspiring stories. Breathtaking images.
Phillip Hall, UWT, 1918 Pacific Ave. Free. April 9

Apr 06, 2019

Music, sculpture, imagination.
Free with admission. April 6-7.

Apr 05, 2019

Glass jellies and community.
Free with admission. April 5

Apr 02, 2019

Local speakers; ocean issues; fast pace.
Alma Mater, 1322 Fawcett Ave. Free. 21+. Apr. 2

Jan 30, 2019

Ocean Voices Speaker Series As part of the Pacific Seas Aquarium Community Celebration, every Tuesday evening this April we’re gathering the best local scientists and ocean folks we can find for a dynamic speaker series at venues around Tacoma. Come listen, learn and be inspired to protect our ocean. All events are free.   April … Continued

Dec 18, 2018

Playing with an octopus isn’t in everyone’s job description. But for aquarium staff Paige Gutierrez and Tai Fripp, it’s all part of caring for Ozzie, the giant Pacific octopus inside the Pacific Seas Aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Why? Because an octopus is curious – and if an aquarist is cleaning her habitat, … Continued

Dec 13, 2018

In clear, blue Baja Bay, three scuba divers are drifting alongside eagle rays and brightly-colored fish. They’re moving slowly, and unlike most divers in tropical waters, they’re not gazing admiringly at the animals around them. Because these divers are aquarists at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – and they’re hard at work. “We clean, we … Continued

Oct 04, 2018

It’s more than just a play of light. Wander down the ramps of the new Pacific Seas Aquarium, and you’ll pass through shimmers of colored light. You’re immersed in their play and flicker, as if swimming through a sunlit lagoon. It’s art – the light installation “Shimmer,” by California artist Gordon Huether – but the … Continued

Sep 26, 2018

Animal care aide Jordan Jirik lies flat on her stomach, her head hanging over the top of Baja Bay’s 280,000-gallon habitat. Below her, five hungry spotted eagle rays swim eagerly up to a large black sign with a big white X emblazoned on it. It’s their feeding-station target. And when it appears in the water, … Continued

Sep 11, 2018

Two dozen necks crane up, up, up, eyes riveted on the scene above, as four hammerhead sharks cruise overhead. Sunny the sea turtle joins the scene, swimming unhurriedly by and then diving deeper into his home. Suddenly, two eagle rays “fly” overhead, their pectoral fins gently flapping up and down to propel them through the … Continued

Sep 07, 2018

Come see the new aquarium!
Now open.

Sep 04, 2018

Get first look inside the new aquarium!
Free with membership. Sept. 4-5

Aug 28, 2018

“Do you need more padding?” Kait Rhoads is standing, hands on hips, near a tentacled lump swathed in bubble wrap. Four men hover, poised to act. As one micro-adjusts a padding blanket on a lift, the others set hands on the bubble wrap. “Ready? One, two, three, up!” With two weeks to go until the … Continued

Aug 08, 2018

Already, glorious lion’s mane jellyfish swim beautifully against a bright blue backdrop in the Jelly Gallery of the Pacific Seas Aquarium. They are mesmerizing. Their gelatinous, umbrella-shaped bells move water in and out, tentacles trailing below, as they move majestically through their watery space. The countdown is on. There are just 30 days until the … Continued

Jul 16, 2018

It was almost as if they knew it was moving day. Nearly 100 bright red, bigscale soldierfish splashed in their behind-the-scenes pool in the old North Pacific Aquarium, so energetic they threw water up and out of the net that covered their temporary home. “They know our blue shirts,” said Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium … Continued

Jun 22, 2018

In a corner of the Pacific Seas Aquarium, Maria Jost is putting up a poster. With guest engagement coordinator Amy Hale holding up one corner on a stepladder, Jost surveys the big paper proof for size and fit. Spotlit, the corner is a tiny island of human activity in an otherwise-underwater room: teal-swept walls, rock-edged … Continued

Jun 13, 2018

In Kait Rhoads’ Seattle studio, four people are making a jellyfish. Focusing intently, they thread glass circles onto long steel tentacles, weaving copper wire in and out to keep the circles in place. Even with light floating through the big windows and art and plants everywhere, it’s a tedious job. But the atmosphere’s upbeat. Rhoads’ … Continued

Jun 13, 2018

Now up all summer long! International sand sculptor Sue McGrew and her team have created a mammoth sand ocean scene on our Hub lawn! Sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, fish, jellyfish – all the animals coming soon to our brand-new Pacific Seas Aquarium are here, sculpted in sand.   Learn from the pros Sue’s … Continued

Jun 12, 2018

  The North Pacific Aquarium was built to replace the aging 1940 aquarium, a wooden building down on the waterfront that was rusting, rotting and leaking. Early ideas included moving it to the park’s “bus station” (now the Pagoda), but by 1961 the Park Board decided to build a new one inside the zoo complex, where the … Continued