Salmon

Salmon

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  • I'm Charlie!
  • And I'm Greg!
  • Somewhere on the coast of the PNW...
  • Lived a group of Chinook salmon. Two of which were friends named Charlie and Greg.
  • Greg and Charlie love to eat fish. One of Pacific Salmon's favorite foods is Amphipoda or ray-finned fishes.
  • Suddenly the group of Salmon had an overwhelming urge. . . An internal feeling was sending them toward the river.
  • The Chinook began swimming toward the river. Unbeknownst to them, external instincts were leading them to the first step of spawning.
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  • The surface of the water though posed an unseeable threat to their mission. Fishermen were setting out gillnets, right in the path of Greg and Charlie's group.
  • The net came down so quickly that some of the Chinook group was unable to react.
  • Hey Harry, what do you think about searching for Some fish?
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  • Luckily Greg and Charlie were able to evade the net.
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  • After such a long day, the Chinook school decided to rest for a couple of hours.
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  • A few hours later. . .
  • On a nearby island, a few Harbor Seals belonging to the Pinniped group decided they were a bit hungry.
  • I think that's a great idea!
  • The two seals jumped into the water.
  • Hey, Did anybody hear a splash?
  • WATCHOUT!!
  • I don't think so?
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  • C'mon lets go hide in this kelp forest.
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  • Nice thinking Greg!Now we can keep heading towards the river.
  • Turns out, Greg did hear a splash. It was time to make a swim for it.
  • Where are we Greg? I've never seen this type of ground before?
  • I think we've made it to the river Charlie, this type of sediment is a tell tale sign. Lets keep going.
  • Wait a second Greg, why is everyone changing colors?
  • I have no idea Charlie! Why are you asking me !?Why would I know!?
  • With the ability to hide in a kelp forest, Greg and his buddies were able to escape Harry the Harbor Seal. With Harry gone they continued their journey towards freshwater.
  • WE JUST NEED TO KEEP GOING! WE'RE NEARLY THERE!
  • After one hour of swimming. . .
  • After reaching the river, the group of salmon decided to keep swimming up it.
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  • A couple more hours of swimming passed and the group began changing colors. This is a telltale sign that the group of salmon is on its way to spawn. The aggressiveness coming from Greg is a sign as well.
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  • Greg eventually yelled stating how the group needed to continue.
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  • What Greg didn't know, was that they were all headed toward a hydroelectric dam.
  • These fish ladders were specifically designed to let salmon through the dam.
  • I don't think Im going to gover that Greg
  • Why not, It;s perfectly fine.Watch me.
  • Greg and the rest of the group jumped over.
  • However, some salmon arent able to go through and end up waiting behind.
  • See, Its perfectly fine. You've been a wuss ever since you've entered the river.
  • You know what Greg Im going to rest down here. You can keep going by your self.
  • Fine!
  • Without Charlie, Greg only had one thing on his mind: spawning. He could smell that this river was where he was born, Greg is almost there.
  • Without Charlie, Greg was becoming aggressive. This happens when salmon are ready to spawn, they're willing to drive away any potential predators.
  • Greg noticed a worm bobbing in the water. Out of spite he quickly snathed in his mouth.
  • But suddenly the worm began to snag him! Before he knew it he was yanked next to a boat. Greg began thrashing around trying to break free.
  • But it was no use, Greg was hauled up into the fisherman's boat. Outside of the water, Greg was helpless.
  • The abductors held Greg up and shined him with lights. After the haze, Greg eventually felt the water return to his gills.
  • Once Greg was released he took off, swimming away as fast as he could.
  • Greg zigzagged through the river, eventually, his sense of smell led him to where he was born.
  • This is where Greg's instincts led him.
  • Male salmon fight for the right to spawn. Greg, already impatient and aggressive was willing to fight.
  • After fertilizing the eggs, Greg began scooping rocks over the top of them. Salmon will do this to hide the eggs from predators.
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