Salmon Life Cycle

Salmon Life Cycle. Outline of each stage in the life of a Pacific salmon, from roe to adult salmon to dying salmon kelt. Includes our video of leaping Coho salmon in the Olympic National Park of the Pacific Northwest.

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A salmon’s life cycle might span up to 7 or more years.

It starts far inland in shallow gravel-bed streams and ends in the very same stream where it all began.

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Image by Flickr user patricksensei - Creative Commons)

(Below: Image by Flickr user patricksensei - Creative Commons)

(Below: Coho salmon smolt. There are only remnants of the parr striped mottling visible in its skin. This will soon disappear altogether. Image by Flickr user patricksensei - Creative Commons)

(Below: Spawning sockeye salmon. Image by Flickr user soggydan - Creative Commons)

Image by Flickr user retrocactus - Creative Commons)

(Below: Image by Flickr user jitze1942 - Creative Commons)

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