There’s a new grouse, a new migise and a new lodge at the Washington area’s premier tourist destination, and that means the next time you get out on the water, be prepared to get more than just a glimpse of one of the world’s great sport fish.
More than 200 species of gannets, including all three species of migises, will be on display at a weekend event on the waters of the Big Sky National Park near Yakima.
They’re among a variety of fish, amphibians and invertebrates that will be offered at the five-day gala, hosted by the Washington Aquarium.
The theme of this week is the Grouse and the Migis, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Big Stone Gap Visitor Center in Yakima, the park said in a release.
The park will also host two gourmet gala dinners for $85 each.
The event is designed to draw visitors to the park and the surrounding area, where there are more than 30,000 visitors annually.
It’s an event that’s sure to draw a crowd, the release said.
Grouse and Migises are a type of freshwater fish that grow to about 5 feet in length and weigh up to 400 pounds.
They can live up to 20 years in the wild, but usually start as juveniles.
Their fins and claws are often called “pufferfish,” which is an acronym for “pug-like.”
The term has also been used to describe any fish that can breathe through its mouth.
More: Grouse are one of Washington’s most popular wildlife species, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
It says they are native to the Great Lakes region and that there are around 1,500 gannet populations in Washington.
Gannets are also popular among recreational anglers and hunters, with the species being listed as endangered on the U,S.
Endangered Species Act.
The U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand also list them as threatened, and there are a few other species of fish that are listed as vulnerable.