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Chinook Salmon  at the Fishway

Chinook Salmon at the Fishway

Ganaraska River, Port Hope, Ontario

Every year thousands of Chinook, and Coho Salmon run the tributaries of the Great Lakes to spawn upstream. Decreased daylight and lower temperatures are but two factors that trigger these massive fish to run the shallow and trecherous streams and rivers. It is very common to see the salmon badly scared and even missing parts of their fins as the journey takes quite a toll on their bodies. Once they have reached their spawning grounds, they slowly die and their decomposing bodies add nutrients back to the environment, providing rich sources of food for many animal species. The Ganaraska fishway was built to assist both spawning Salmon (fall) and Steelhead (Rainbow Trout - spring) to navigate the large dam. I added the salmon on the left from a previous shot.

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wade clare15-Oct-2010 23:37
Pretty good shot,Bill
pkocinski15-Oct-2010 23:21
Instinct at work! Great capture.
bill friedlander15-Oct-2010 20:30
Great view of the fish struggling upstream. Thanks for the info. V
Brad Claypole15-Oct-2010 14:25
Great Double!
waterfalls man15-Oct-2010 02:03
Great Capture & Find V!!
Ted Busby15-Oct-2010 01:33
Very interesting narrative; and great capture!
Hank Vander Velde15-Oct-2010 01:12
Terrific image, find and info Bill.
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