From Ocean to Plate, a Posthumous Migration


An interesting account of the fate of Atlantic Salmon caught off the coast of Norway

Salmon, after a long trip

By Sarah Murray
Orion Magazine
For ordinary humans, the extraordinary migration of salmon is difficult to imagine. Take Chinook salmon. Some of these fish swim from the Columbia River up to Canada and beyond, covering up to sixteen miles a day. Calculated as body lengths per second, that would be the equivalent of a human swimming more than 160 miles a day—fast enough to circumnavigate the equator in 150 days. Migrating fish also cover vast distances. In its trans-Pacific migration, a tagged bluefin tuna was found to have covered an amazing twenty-five thousand miles—a distance greater than the Earth’s circumference.

If the mileage clocked by these fish sounds impressive, it is nothing compared to the journeys some of them take after their death.  Read the rest of this article.

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