Trivia Question of the Week!
Hey everyone - Rachel just got back to Santa Cruz after a long drive and equally long ferry ride. She's currently without internet, so I am filling in for the trivia question this week! We'll be back soon with updates on eagle travels and tshirt news!
How many species of salmon are there in Alaska?
|The endangered knit salmon - Courtesy of Jenn Allen|
Hint 1: There's Pink Salmon
Hint 2: And eagles' favorite Chum Salmon
Hint 3: Delicious Coho Salmon
Hint 4: Local favorite Sockeye Salmon
Hint 5: And the king of salmons, King Salmon
Ok - if you counted correctly you should have the answer: 5 Species!
Alaska hosts all five species of Pacific Salmon (in comparison, only 2 species are found in California). Some of you salmon aficionados may be thinking to yourself: "Wait a minute, I'm pretty sure I've heard of more than just 5 Alaskan salmon species." Well, this might be true because all of these salmon species have (at least) two names!
- Pink Salmon are also known as humpy salmon for the humped shaped backs of spawning adults
- Chum Salmon are also called dog salmon due to the large dog-like teeth of spawning adults
- Coho Salmon are sometimes referred to as silver salmon for their color (in non spawning adults)
- Sockeye Salmon turn very red when spawning and so are also named red salmon
- King Salmon are also termed Chinook salmon, probably named after a group of Native Americans who lived in coastal Oregon and Washington states
|Alaska Fish and Game Salmon ID guide (http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/fishregulations/PDFs/pdfs/salmonID.pdf)|