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.

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