Open 9 am - 7 pm (Late Close)
Dolphins in Shedd's Oceanarium leap into the air above Whale Harbor, reaching heights of up to six feet.

Abbott Oceanarium

The Abbott Oceanarium immerses you in the vibrant coastal ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest. As you stroll along the coast, encounter beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions and sea otters. You'll also find colorful fishes and invertebrates that make their home where freshwater flows into the ocean, or where tides turn seascapes to landscapes and back again each day.

  • The tail of a pacific white-sided dolphin forms a flat half-moon shape, the inner curve of the moon gently puckered toward the center.

    Learn

    Our experts share some of the amazing adaptations of dolphins during our .

  • Beluga whale Kayavak opens her mouth to vocalize above the water.

    Hear

    Beluga whales chirp and call across Secluded Bay—hear why they're called "the canaries of the sea."

  • Purple sea urchins are covered in short, thick spikes and long, thin filaments used to sense their environment.

    Explore

    Discover the diverse life in the Pacific Northwest, from colorful urchins to remarkable sea stars.

Discover a magnificent ecosystem

The Abbott Oceanarium immerses you in the vibrant coastal ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest. As you stroll along the coast, encounter beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions and sea otters. You'll also find colorful fishes and invertebrates that make their home where freshwater flows into the ocean, or where tides turn seascapes to landscapes and back again each day.