Harbor Seal Capital Project

The new home for our harbor seals is now open!

Harbor seals, Q and Siku!

Although our new harbor seal exhibit is complete, its fundraising is not. Help us achieve our $3 million private fundraising goal by making a donation today!

As the most prolific marine mammals in Puget Sound, harbor seals are the sentinels of our nearshore environment’s well-being. For this reason, it is important for us to teach visitors about them.


- Increase water depth

- Rusty chain link fence replaced with clear acrylic

- Visitors can now get “nose-to-nose” with our animals

- Seating for up to 100 guests (or approximately three classrooms of students)

- Increased dry space for the seals to rest and warm themselves

- Improved animal movement between exhibits and our Animal Care Center

- The structural integrity of Pier 60, where the harbor seal exhibit is located, has been assured

The first stage of the project entailed stabilizing Pier 60 by replacing decayed wood pilings with concrete steel-wrapped pilings. Next, we installed new concrete aprons around what would become the new seal exhibit. The City of Seattle funded this element of the project with $3.5 million.

Then we turned our attention to the exhibit itself, adding an additional 2 ½ feet of water depth to the tank, replacing the chain link fence with a modern acrylic surround, and creating tiered seating to allow visitors and students to comfortably gather and enjoy presentations by the Aquarium’s harbor seal experts. We also added additional animal “haul-out” space so the seals can rest and warm themselves.

This investment will eventually allow us to expand our current collection from three animals to four, and to institute a harbor seal research breeding program, as well.

Your contribution is an investment in the mission and future of the Seattle Aquarium. We hope you will join the group of community supporters who are committed to helping the Seattle Aquarium’s vital role in teaching our citizens how to restore and preserve our piece of the world’s big ocean.