July 20, 2013

Salmon and Trout, Alaska

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

In summer, millions of fish disperse up Bristol Bay's watershed to rivers and lakes that are breeding grounds for five species of salmon. A proposed gold mine would transform the region, possibly jeopardizing the fishery. Far upstream in unprotected Upper Talarik Creek, near the mine site, researchers found these young salmon and trout.

See more pictures from the December 2010 feature story "Alaska's Choice: Salmon or Gold."


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22 comments
Autumn Domsch
Autumn Domsch

wow that is such a cool creative shot. I like it! : )  

Nia Imman
Nia Imman

I hope they do not develop the area for gain would be a greater loss. nature cannot be replaced or given back. so much development has been a loss of life which is unnumbered once destroyed is gone i don,t like to think that the only glisme of this life will be a photo or a zoo, a reproduction of what used to be

alex t
alex t

Bottom fish looks like a midshipman or a sculpin or bullhead. Certainly a non related species.

alex t
alex t

Yes, the fish on the bottom is neither salmon or trout. Looks like a bullhead or midshipmen fish(sculpin)

alex t
alex t

Yes, the fish on the bottom is neither salmon or trout. Looks like a bullhead or midshipmen fish(sculpin)

Shannon T
Shannon T

This picture looks like a cruel trick with the fish stuck in a bowl looking out at a stream they could be free in.

Catherine C.
Catherine C.

Are the fish in a container of some sort? What's going on in this pic exactly??

Jaimon Mappilaparampil
Jaimon Mappilaparampil

I wanted to upload my video on what's an actual natural habitat and photographing it or video graphing it without hurting any related objects in Nature.  Actually the video is posted already.  Watch it.

Nancy Goldsen
Nancy Goldsen

If Sarah Pallin’s type has anything to say about it these poor fish are TOAST!

SAVE this hatchery...Alaskans already score monetarily from their oil...leave this natural resource alone please..

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

These fish are life.  A healthy aquatic ecosystem is proof of the living natural environment.  I've always maintained proper human adaptation to the environment requires the preservation of a wilderness habitat.  Gary

Steven Shantz
Steven Shantz

These guy's have the best story's and photo's....

amor a.
amor a.

nice! i love fishes.

Mark Elam
Mark Elam

And looks like a fat sculpin on the bottom, cool.


E. Dixon
E. Dixon

@Shannon T I think that the photographer captured some in a tank so he could photograph them and then set them free later.

Tim Reaus
Tim Reaus

@Nancy Goldsen Absolutely untrue. It would be nice if you did a little research before posting your politically motivated misinformation.

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