Atlantic salmon are about 2 1/2 feet long and weigh a hefty 10
Salmon are born in rivers. They swim to the ocean,
where they live most of their lives.
Only a small number of salmon reach the ocean after they
are born. The few that make it can live for up to seven years.
In order to spawn, or reproduce, salmon swim upstream back to the place they were born.
Salmon may swim upstream as far as 2,000 miles. The journey
may take many months.
Salmon eat shrimp, squid, and other small fish.
Where do they live?
North Atlantic Ocean
Why are they endangered?
Logging in watersheds
Chemicals from farms
Introduction of non-native salmon that escape from pens and breed with wild salmon
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