Salmon are unique fish in their ability to adapt and live in both fresh and saltwater. Salmon are hatched in upper rivers or streams. After emerging from under gravel / sand they are known as fry(s). As a fry they journey downstream to larger pools of freshwater to continue maturing. Maturation in freshwater varies on the species, but takes about 2-20 months. After development in the freshwater, the fry makes its way to the river mouth where saltwater waits. Continuing to mature the fry becomes known as a smolt. Smolts’s development allows them to adjust to the saltwater where they will turn into adults – Salmons. Salmons live most of their adult lives in saltwater, about 1-5 years (again depending on the species). However, they do return to freshwater to spawn
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