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TITLE
Leaping Salmon
EXTERNAL ID
PC_JMSTRACHAN_323
CREATOR
JM Strachan
SOURCE
J I R Martin
ASSET ID
29128
KEYWORDS
salmon
fish
lochs
Leaping Salmon

The Atlantic salmon, 'the leaper', has been called the king of fish, due primarily to their spectacular ability to clear seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Their large body is long and hydrodynamic and can measure up to 150 cm in length and weigh up to 39 kg. Adults are usually a silvery grey colour with some black spots but become more reddish with purple spots in the breeding season, and males develop a hooked lower jaw for fighting.

Adult Atlantic salmon are found in the open ocean at depths between 2 to 10 metres. They return to freshwater to spawn in the streams in which they themselves were born, often only returning to pristine river systems. This makes them a useful indicator species of a river's quality.

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Leaping Salmon

salmon; fish;lochs

J I R Martin

The Atlantic salmon, 'the leaper', has been called the king of fish, due primarily to their spectacular ability to clear seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Their large body is long and hydrodynamic and can measure up to 150 cm in length and weigh up to 39 kg. Adults are usually a silvery grey colour with some black spots but become more reddish with purple spots in the breeding season, and males develop a hooked lower jaw for fighting.<br /> <br /> Adult Atlantic salmon are found in the open ocean at depths between 2 to 10 metres. They return to freshwater to spawn in the streams in which they themselves were born, often only returning to pristine river systems. This makes them a useful indicator species of a river's quality.