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About the Exhibit

Guests will experience up close the magical underwater world of Puget Sound sea life. Four 190-gallon viewing tanks will spotlight various sea life, including prawns, rockfish, hermit crabs, orange sea cucumbers, plumose anemones, and many more species.

  • Under the Narrows

    This habitat replicates “Galloping Gertie” the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge with chunks of concrete and pavement. It will feature wolf eels and lingcod swimming among the debris. Peeking into the past and seeing how creatures of the present use the ruins will inspire visitors to protect this unique environment for future generations.

  • Dwellers of the Deep

    This habitat will showcase otherworldly fish and invertebrates that thrive in deep Puget Sound waters. The range of colors and body shapes of these animals typically is seen only by deep sea divers. This glimpse into ocean waters that run 100 feet deep will expand our view and awareness of the stunning variety of sea life and the critical need to protect it.

  • Coastal Kelp Forest

    Giant strands of kelp will give visitors a glimpse into the life-giving environment usually seen only by scuba divers. These replica “redwoods of the sea” will help visitors learn that the kelp forests of the seas provide crucial shelter for the fish and invertebrates that thrive there. California sheephead fish, known for their ability to change their genders from male to female, and leopard sharks will live in this exhibit.

  • Giant Pacific Octopus

    The Pacific Seas Aquarium also will be home to another “wow” animal— the planet’s largest species of octopus, residing in a 1,400-gallon habitat with an 8-foot-wide viewing window. Protecting them requires each of us to help maintain a healthy ocean in a number of ways, from preventing pollution to buying only seafood harvested in ocean-friendly ways.

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Giant Pacific Octopus are extremely intelligent! They can use tools, recognize individuals, and navigate mazes.

Species Spotlight: Giant Pacific Octopus

The giant Pacific octopus, with its huge, bulbous head and reddish-brown color, is a visitor favorite. These highly intelligent creatures, which can mimic other octopuses and learn to solve mazes in lab tests, are sensitive to environmental conditions.

FUN FACTS

  • They can change colors when threatened or for camouflage.
  • Each tentacle contains thousands of chemical receptors.
  • They are solitary and often stay in the same spot for weeks at a time.
  • Their soft bodies are very flexible allowing them to squeeze through narrow areas.
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