The Rocky Shore Complex is credited as a forerunner of replicated naturalistic habitat for marine mammals and alcids. It features a northwest forested switch back trail that descends through rocky cliffs to the rugged shore edge below. Access through a sea arch provides entry to a central underwater viewing room that's surrounded on all sides by water. Full width floor to ceiling glass enables up-close viewing of typical coastal settings, including: the rocky seamount shores with its sea lions, walruses and tide pools; kelp forest filled with playful sea otters; cliff edge nesting puffins and rhinoceros auklets; and open water areas for dolphins/beluga whales. The construction of the artificial rockwork was by Jolly Miller.
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Project credits: John Swanson, Lead Designer; Johnpaul Jones, Principal; Kai Mikami, Project Architect while with Jones & Jones