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?
Over 3000 pack animals perished during the winter of 1897-98 on the White Pass Trail between Skagway and the Canadian border.