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Life of a Drifter

 Step into the world of some of Puget Sound's most mysterious and beautiful creatures

Ring of Life

You can literally step through this exhibit – it’s a beautifully lit, 12-foot high acrylic ring filled with luminous moon jellies. Watch in wonder as they gently propel themselves through the water, floating up, down and around the ring. 

Giant Pacific Octopus

Take a close look at one of the most elusive and fascinating sea creatures found in Puget Sound: the giant Pacific octopus. This exhibit is designed in two sections connected by a large transparent tube– watch as the octopus moves from one section to the other, giving you a chance to observe its many busy arms, and perhaps even gaze into one of its intelligent eyes. This exhibit is also home to creatures that share a habitat with the giant Pacific octopus in the wild, such as sea stars, anemones and, occasionally, rockfish. 

Closer Look Table

A rotating exhibit space highlighting a small selection of local species. Depending on the season, this is a chance for you to get up close and personal with plankton, fish and invertebrates.

Creatures you're likely to see

Moon Jelly

Jellies have been around for hundreds of millions of years!


Some of the world’s smallest living creatures!

Other Exhibits

Harbor seal
Marine Mammals

Get to know our sea otters, river otters, harbor seals and fur seals—and learn how to tell the difference between them all!

Paddle carving artist Sx̱aałg̱én carving a wooden paddle at the Seattle Aquarium.
Artists in Action

The Seattle Aquarium honors our location in the traditional and contemporary territories of the Coast Salish people, who have stewarded these lands…

Diver with wolf eel
Window on Washington Waters

Take a dive into Washington's coastal waters.