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Biggest sockeye run in 100 years

10-12-2010 08:57 BJT

The sockeye salmons swim upstream in the Adams River in the Province of
British Columbia, Canada, Oct. 7, 2010. As many as 2.5 million sockeye
salmons are expected to be flooding into the Adams river this year, which
is supposed to be the biggest sockeye run in a century. Sockeye salmons
lay eggs in shallower waters of the Adams River in October every year.
After growing for one year in freshwater, the young fish, also known as
sockeye fry, migrate downstream to the ocean where they spend the next
three years. With near-perfect timing, the instinctive call to spawn
draws sockeye adults back to their birthplace with unerring precision.
Once reentering freshwater, the fish stop eating and become bright red.
They swim against the river, over rapid torrents during the nearly 500
kilometers journey from the ocean to the Adams River. After getting back
home and laying eggs finally, the sockeye are completely exhausted and
die. (Xinhua/Wan Bin)

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