The Shark and Ray Touch Tank will be closed on Wednesday, September 27, for routine exhibit maintenance.
Discover the marine life of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, including anemones and the remarkably intelligent giant Pacific octopus, the world’s largest species of octopus.
Know Before You Go
This exhibit features marine life found in the shallower tidepools and kelp forests of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, which protects 135 miles of shoreline along Washington State.
- The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is home to a large variety of seabirds, marine mammals, fishes, and invertebrates, including the largest known species of octopus, the giant Pacific octopus.
- Aquarium educators are often present to provide in-depth information about this important ecosystem and other marine protected areas (MPAs). Feel free to ask them if you have any questions!
Animals in This Exhibit
Meet some of the animals you will find in the Olympic Coast exhibit.
What is a Marine Sanctuary?
A marine sanctuary like the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is a type of marine protected area (MPA). There are legal limits on human activity in the sanctuary to conserve its important ecosystem. Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is an 842-square-mile marine protected area right in our backyard—only about 21 miles from Boston.
Join the Movement to Protect 30% of our Planet by 2030
30x30 is a scientifically informed global movement with the goal of protecting at least 30% of the planet’s lands, waters, and ocean by 2030. This initiative aims to prioritize protection of diverse ecosystems in the greatest need. Through their research, our Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life scientists help inform what vital biodiverse areas to protect.
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