“Washed Ashore” Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Exhibit

Welcome to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, located in Tacoma, Washington. I have been taking advantage of our lovely weather and recently visited our local zoo to see the new “Washed Ashore” Exhibit that showcases colorful, giant sea creatures made from plastic ocean trash found along our ocean beaches. Come along with me as we explore these marvelous works of art!


Just look at all the pieces of plastic used to make these sculptures! Amazing! The pieces are afixed to the sculpture base with metal staples.



This colorful Weedy Sea Dragon was one of my favorites. The hundreds of plastic bottle caps really made this sculpture pop!

Weedy Sea Dragon

Parrot Fish



Sea Turtle riding a wave


Just loved the new exhibit! I think I may have missed the Anemone sculpture display. Not sure how many there are all together. If you are visiting the area, make sure to stop by the zoo to see these wonderful sculptures. The kids will love them and so will you! And, you’ll learn about recycling! For more info on the current exhibit and zoo information, click on the links at the top of this blog post.



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6 Responses to “Washed Ashore” Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Exhibit

  1. Very unusual installations!

  2. Gunta says:

    I go by the place where these are created often. It’s become a way to increase people’s awareness of the incredible damage we do with plastic. It’s nice to see her exhibits traveling and spreading.

  3. We have a washed ashore exhibit here at SeaWorld. It’s quite interesting to examine the sculptures and guess what some of those parts are.

    • Yes, it really is interesting and a lot of fun for everyone. I noticed whole items and then perhaps bits and pieces of chopped up plastic items. It’s sad knowing how our oceans are filling up with all this “trash” and, at the same time, hopeful, knowing that exhibits like this can inspire others to get a message out.

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