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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. The Zoo Society is proud to help foster this exhibit and work with the Point Defiance Zoo

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

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.

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.

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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