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Under the Narrows

Rockfish dart between “rusty” girders. Anemones bloom and wave. A wolf eel thrusts out its enormous jaw, staring silently.
Welcome to life Under the Narrows, rich and complex.

Dive under the Narrows

A tale of three bridges
and the animals underneath.
From Tacoma to Gig Harbor, two sweeping bridges extend over the swirling Tacoma Narrows. But a third – the infamous “Galloping Gertie” – lies buried, collapsed in 1940 and now home to fish, eels and other marine life. We recreate that rich habitat here.

Meet Our Animals

Lingcod
Quillback rockfish
Painted anemone
Brown rockfish

Keep the Sound clean

It takes everyone.

THE THREAT: Marine life under the Narrows bridges have adapted and thrived in human-made debris – like a fallen bridge. But human trash also pollutes Puget Sound, harming animals.

TAKE ACTION: Take care of our Sound: clean up a beach, pick up trash and dog poop. Go straw-free and ask your favorite restaurant to go ocean-friendly.

Aquarium Stories

10 Animal Tips for Self-Care

How are you coping in quarantine? Staying home and isolated during the coronavirus pandemic isn’t easy, and it’s really important to take care of yourself and those you live with. Luckily, our animals and keepers are experts in caring! Here are 10 Animal Tips to help you stay well at home. Click on any image … Continued

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Closed but Still Caring

We may be closed due to recent restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), but our keepers and veterinary team are still at the zoo every day caring for our animals. From enrichments to treats, check-ups to scratch-downs, here’s how we’re #closedbutstillcaring. Click on any image to start the slideshow. Mouse over to see … Continued

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When the Nurse (Shark) meets the Vet

NOTE: This exam took place before recent social distancing recommendations were mandated. “Everyone ready?” Seven heads nodded, seven pairs of feet braced in neoprene boots, and four pairs of thickly-gloved hands readied a wide, webbed stretcher. The aquarist team had gathered in the South Pacific Aquarium isolation pool at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, with … Continued

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Who's Nearby?
Curious about the Narrows? Then find our giant Pacific octopus next door – many of these beautiful cephalopods live under the bridges.