From the Shuswap, to the Ocean, and back again.
Follow the journey and life of a Sockeye Salmon.
In the fall, my mother lays me and I begin my life as an egg in the fast-flowing Adams River.
When spring begins in March, my siblings and I come out of our gravel homes and venture into the world. We're now called "fry".
I grow bigger and stronger.
Before long, I'm too big for the Shuswap Lake and need to continue on.
My journey to the ocean is the most dangerous I've ever experienced in my young life.
I spend my time swimming around where my predators are killer whales & human fisherman.
In the open ocean, I have plenty of food to help me grow.
I stop eating. I now only have 9 siblings.
The journey home is very dangerous and I swim hard.
Our journey takes us from the Pacific Ocean, through the Fraser and Thompson Rivers, and finally into the Adams River.
Finally, after weeks of hard work, we've finally made it back home to have our babies.
Just like my parents died for me, I leave my body for my babies, eagles, gulls, bears, and other animals. It's the cycle of life.
We would like to offer a special thanks to Brenda Guiled for the use of her wonderful illustrations and adapation of her book, Sockeye Salmon Odyssey: The story of sockeye salmon of British Columbia through their lifecycle and travels.