Plan Your Visit
Salt Water Tide Pool
Discover and explore marine life that lives in tide pools at local beaches. Learn about these local residents while seeing how they act and what they feel like. See the animals move around while they react to the world around them.
All of the animals in the Salt Water Tide Pool were collected from around the Puget Sound region, and the water in the tank is kept at the same temperature as Puget Sound – a chilly 12⁰ Celsius. The cold water helps keep the animals healthy and holds more oxygen than warmer water.
The Saltwater Tide Pool is free for members and included with general admission.
Salt Water Tide Pool Animals
Sea anemones may look like flowers, but they are animals that move in response to touch. They eat by grabbing food with their tentacles and bringing it to the hole in their center that acts as a mouth.
Sea stars move with a series of tube feet on their undersides. In the wild they are voracious hunters of shellfish, and PacSci staff feed them scallops and clams.
Sea urchins are vegetarians who enjoy eating seaweed. They use their tube feet to carry food to their mouths, as well as to hold onto shells, bits of gravel, or anything else they can find. PacSci’s urchins often cover with the plant life and rocks in the Tide Pool.
Preparing For Your Visit
- All guests are asked to rinsing their hands in an adjacent sink prior to touching the animals. This is to remove all soaps and lotions.
- Guests are asked to gently touch the animals in shallow water to observe how they react, and to not pick them up and move them.
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