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spawning coho salmon - San Juan River run, Vancouver Island, BC  


spawning coho salmon - San Juan River run


spawning coho salmon


San Juan River runs into the ocean at Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

These photos were taken in December around the hatchery on the road to Lake Cowichan, just a few miles out of Renfrew. I think it's probably Fairy Creek, a tributary of San Juan River. The forest is full of spawning channels on both sides of the road and the air is full of the sound of salmon, slapping their way up shallow channels. I think the fish without spots are dog salmon

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spawning coho salmon - San Juan River run, Vancouver Island, Canada

spawning coho salmon - San Juan River run, Vancouver Island, Canada

spawning coho salmon - San Juan River run, Vancouver Island, Canada

spawning coho salmon - San Juan River run, Vancouver Island, Canada

spawning coho salmon - San Juan River run, Vancouver Island, Canada
directly over the channel

juvenile bald eagle - San Juan River run, Vancouver Island, Canada
juvenile bald eagle

Sunday, January 14, 2001

I went back to the hatchery today and met with the contractor. These fish are part of an estimated 100,000 coho in the San Juan River run. The bulk of the fish came in three waves, late last fall and we watched fish still spawning in the few channels, that have not dried up. The trees are full of eagles, and a bear slipped under the fence last night and cleaned half a dozen fish out of a pool.

spawning coho salmon - San Juan River run, Vancouver Island, Canada
spawning coho salmon - San Juan River run, Vancouver Island, Canada
spawning coho salmon - San Juan River run, Vancouver Island, Canada
spawning coho salmon - San Juan River run, Vancouver Island, Canada

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