Early Closure Alert!
The Aquarium will close two hours early on Wednesday, December 24. Last entry at 3pm; exhibits close at 4pm. The Aquarium will be closed on December 25.

Life on the Edge

See, touch and explore the sea life of Puget Sound tide pools

Kids interacting with the underwater life.

Ready to get your hands wet? This is the exhibit for you. Life on the Edge is your chance to get up close and personal with the many fascinating creatures that dwell in the tide pools of Washington State’s outer coast and Puget Sound’s inland sea.

Step up, lean over and reach in – watch what happens when you gently stroke a sea cucumber. Test your fingertips against the prickly spines of a sea urchin. Follow the scuttling steps of a hermit crab. Notice how, even though they seem to be completely still, sea stars are always moving. Inhale the rich scent of seawater.

Naturalists are always nearby to identify the animals in the exhibit, answer questions and deepen your knowledge about Puget Sound. Even if you opt not to get your hands wet, you’ll still be enriched by the beautiful sights, smells and sounds of this exhibit.

 
>> ENVIRONMENTS REPRESENTED
Tide pools of Washington State's outer coast
and Puget Sound

 

>> MARINE CREATURES YOU ARE LIKELY TO SEE IN THIS EXHIBIT

SEA CUCUMBERS

Sea cucumbers are covered with
warty bumps or soft spines.
When threatened, they
shoot out water making them
shorter, thicker, and harder.

SEA URCHINS

Sea urchins spines are
used for protection, moving,
and trapping food. Like all
echinoderms, sea urchins
do not have a brain.

TIDE POOL SCULPINS

Sometimes tidepool sculpins will
explore a nearby tide pool,
but they always know
their way back to their
own tide pool.

AND LOTS MORE!