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About the Exhibit

Northwest Waters will spotlight the beautiful and complex cold-water marine ecosystem found in our own backyard, while also revealing the reasons these waters need our protection.

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Connect to the beautiful of the Puget Sound and beyond.

  • Experience the beautiful PACIFIC NORTHWEST

    Spotlights Pacific Northwest marine life, including sharks, flounders and rockfish, and will be complemented by smaller displays of prawns, anemones, wolf eels and more.

  • Better Views

    Through dramatically bigger viewing windows and state-of-the-art technology, the habitat will better connect visitors to the beauty, diversity and fragility of marine life in the Puget Sound and beyond.

  • Second Largest Habitat

    At 75,000 gallons, with a massive 25-foot-long and 10-foot-high viewing window, Northwest Waters will be the second largest habitat in the Pacific Seas Aquarium.

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Experience Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest.
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Colorful, diverse displays of fish and other sea life.

Species Spotlight: Rockfish

Rockfish are salt water fish and members of the order Scorpaeniformes which includes lionfishes, scorpionfish, and fire-fishes. About 35-40 different species call the waters of the Puget Sound their home.

FUN FACTS

  • They are predators in their environment and eat things like shrimps, crabs, and smaller fishes that they devour in one quick bite.
  • Rockfish are very long lived and grow and mature very slowly with an average life span of 30-60 years, with some species living more than 200 years!
  • Most Rockfish give birth to 300,000-600,000 live babies at a time.
  • Rockfish are preyed upon by a variety of animals including larger fish, sharks, seals and humans.
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