Atlantic Salmon

• Atlantic salmon are about 2 1/2 feet long and weigh a hefty 10 pounds.
• 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
• Acid rain

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