• Artist rendering of Pioneer Square during Klondike Gold Rush

    Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit

    National Historical Park Washington

Wildlife of Puget Sound

Puget Sound is the second largest estuary in the lower 48 states. Thousands of freshwater waterways flow into the sound from the surrounding mountains. The nutrient-rich waters and variety of habitats over 200 species of marine fish, 26 species of marine mammals, 170 types of birds, and approximately nearly 3,200 species of invertebrates.

Recently, Puget Sound has been in the news for the number of unusual animal sightings. Whether these are the results of climate change or just the normal wanderings of species caused by storms and ocean currents remains to be seen.

 

Did You Know?

Pioneer Square 1910

Seattle's work force grew from 3,500 in 1880 to over 237,000 by 1910. Textile manufacturing, domestic services, and transportation jobs contributed greatly to this increase.