1999 8 5 4:54:44 PM MVC-FD91

Digital Mavica images

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MVC-001X.JPG 1999 8 5 4:34:46 PM ****
Back in Whitehorse, Yukon, I'm taking an extra day to relax before my big trip to Inuvik at the end of the world. Of course, I'm not sure if you would call three hours of running after the disk relaxing, but I do.
This photo taken at the fish ladder, showing a 30 inch sucker carp hanging around the place where they mannually net the Chinnok Salmon that make it here after their 1,600 mile trip from the Bearing sea, and lift them up over the wall after they check them out. The first salmon showed up yesterday and they were all excited about it, but I missed it. Anywhere from 500 to 5,000 are expected over the next few days. See info below.

MVC-002X.JPG 1999 8 5 4:47:48 PM ****
This is the fish ladder and the Yukon river. The salmon are pooling here and I could see them swimming around in the water.

MVC-006X.JPG 1999 8 5 4:53:38 PM *
Some info on the fish ladder.
The salmon life cycle is as follows:
In the fall, adult salmon swim about 1,600 miles up the Yukon river from the Bearing sea to the fish ladder in Whitehorse, get past it, and spawn in the gravel beds about another hundred miles upstream. They die after that. They don't eat anything once they hit fresh water, so they are swimming 1,600 miles agains the strong currents only on the fat they have stored in their bodies.
The eggs live until the next spring and hatch. They hang around this place for another year or two, then turn into FRYS which are about 4 inches long, and start the long journey downstream, and make it to the ocean.
They live 4 to 6 years in the ocean, and migrate thousands of miles from the Yukon river inlet.
In the fall of their 4th, 5th, or 6th year in the ocean, they somehow find their way back to THE SAME EXACT SPOT WHERE THEIR PARENTS SPAWNED THEM! Amazing. The say they do it by smell.

MVC-007X.JPG 1999 8 5 4:54:44 PM ***
Damn just upstream from the fish ladder.