(Mirror Daily, United States) October is the month of red salmon swimming and jumping out of the Cedar River. The river is hosting two main salmon species, namely Chinook and Coho, which come here for their spawn season. There is also an organization called Cedar River Salmon Journey which can help you see the red salmon and to provide you with more information.
Salmon live in oceans, but they migrate to fresh waters to spawn. Their breeding season has recently started, and one of their favorite places to go now is the Cedar River. Their appearance changes and sexually mature individuals turn pink or red in this period. Females can have darker colors than males, and both of them can develop prominent organs.
There is a particular species of salmon, called Sockeye or red salmon. They are characterized as having only one reproduction phase. This means that they begin their journey from the ocean to fresh bodies of waters, and after spawning, they die.
As far as the migration of salmon is concerned, it is a tiring process for the fish. Swimming all the way from oceans to the rivers’ springs in the mountains could even take them months. Salmon spend all this time swimming, with no time for rest or feeding. This is why they are exhausted and weak when they reach their destination.
According to specialists, a salmon female can produce at least eight hundred little fish during its spawning phase. A salmon pair can even have one thousand babies. However, few parents make it back to the ocean. Their journey overwhelms them, and many fish die on their way back.
Salmons prove themselves able of great sacrifice. Because of their feature of migrating from the oceans and seas to rivers, they are called anadromous.
The Cedar River Salmon Journey is an organization which is in charge of studying and protecting wild salmon. The members of this association organize events so that people can come and watch red salmon during their spawning season every year at the Cedar River. The organization also receives the help of volunteers.
The association prepared activities for public interest which will be held every weekend in October. This means eight meetings have already been scheduled for the public. Their purpose it to educate especially children about the life circle of salmon, and providing people with the opportunity of seeing the fish.
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