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Coho Salmon Returning to the Quinsam River on Vancouver Island

By Jay T. Cullen

Eiko Jones is a photographer who specializes in underwater imaging and works out of Campbell River on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. He recently completed a project where he captured a lengthy, high definition video of coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) returning to the Quinsam River.

You can read about the technical details of the shoot at Eiko’s blog if you are interested. The video shows these amazing fish completing their life cycle by returning to the natal river to spawn.  Our monitoring project has been collecting coho, other Pacific salmon and marine organisms to look for Fukushima radionuclide contamination and to determine the impact of the disaster on ecosystem and public health.

Enjoy Eiko and his teams work below.

The Blob

The waters of the northeast Pacific have been warmer than normal since the fall of 2013. The reasons why are still being investigated by many, but the scale and intensity of this phenomenon make it unlike anything observed before. Scientists currently believe that the cause of the warm ocean waters is that they simply didn’t cool off like they were supposed to in the fall and winter of 2013-2014.

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