Presented By:

The Bamford Foundation

Don and Sue Gains

About The Exhibit

This 960-square-foot educational space will provide engaging, hands-on and up-close experiences to promote personal interactions with animals and support lifelong learning.

Five times larger than our existing Marine Discovery Center, this modern space will allow us to reach even more visitors with critical messages about actions that we all can take to improve the health of our local waters.

Staff and volunteers will help visitors increase their knowledge of Puget Sound. Families and schoolchildren will explore through touch many iconic Puget Sound animals, including anemones, barnacles, chitons and sea cucumbers.

An estuary habitat in the Tidal Touch Zone will display many fascinating species of fish that spend their lives where fresh and salt water come together. Filled with eel grass, plants, rockery and sediment that typically exist where Sound and river waters meet, the exhibit will feature shiner perch, bay pipe fish, and more. The critical need to protect estuaries in our region will become clear to all visitors.

Species Spotlight: Anemones

Anemones are related to corals and jellyfish. Sea anemones are mostly poisonous only to their prey, but some species are known to be highly toxic to humans. It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 species of sea anemones found all over the world at varying depths in the oceans. Some hermit crabs will attach sea anemones to their shells to provide them with camouflage.

Fun Facts

  • They are invertebrates related to corals and jellyfish.

  • Sea anemones hold on with a pedal disc (foot) made of adhesive cells.

  • They can move along the rocks if necessary, but very slowly.

  • They have a two-way digestive system. What goes in their mouth exits there mouth as waste.

Learn More About the Tidal Touch Zone