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Spawning Chinook Salmon in Swift Creek # 10203

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Date: 2007.08.20
Vantage Point: From shore of Swift Creek, George Hicks Park

Caption: The end of a very long journey

PhotoDescr: The Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) is a large species; only a very strong fish would have the stamina to journey over 1200 km from the Pacific Ocean up the Fraser River to the McLennan River and Swift Creek to return to its birthplace to spawn . . . and die.

The Chinook starts out its journey with silver sides, but turns red on the way. Biologists believe they feed very little on the way home, using up their stored resources.

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