Nature Photo of the Week: Spawning Coho Salmon


This amazing shot by Flickr user “Soggydan” Dan Bennett of a leaping coho salmon in Issaquah Creek, Washington state was taken with a 60mm lens — which basically means the photographer could have reached out and touched this fish. Like we said — amazing! Thanks for sharing it through The Nature Conservancy’s Flickr Group, Soggydan!

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  1. the beautiful photo of the “spawning coho” is a hatchery fish in spawning color- not a wild fish! note- there is no adipose fin- and this is- in no way beneficial to nature or our wild fish!
    don’t you think the nature conservancy should support wild fish in our rivers and streams? this photo advocates the very type of management strategy that compounds declining environment…

    1. Ryan, we’ll look into this. Thanks for pointing this out.

  2. Ryan,
    You are correct that this is a hatchery coho – the clipped adipose fin is the give-away. The Nature Conservancy is working from Alaska to California to conserve wild Pacific salmon populations across their range. We thought soggydan’s photo was beautiful even though it is a hatchery fish. Hopefully, he’ll be able to snap a shot this neat of a wild Chinook returning to spawn in the Elwha River in the near future!
    Check out our website to see what we’re doing in Washington!
    James Schroeder, Dir. Freshwater Programs, TNC Washington

  3. What a beautiful picture!! The reason why this is a picture of a hatchery fish instead of a wild fish is because they are listed under the endangered species act, and had been extinct in the mid and upper Columbia River until fairly recently. Now they are reintroducing them into tributaries for the Yakama and Nez Perce Tribes. So although I agree that native is always bettter than hatchery, in this case its either hatchery fish or extinction.

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