It depends on the specie of salmon. Some salmon, like the cutthroat trout, don’t go very far into the ocean, staying close to the river’s mouth. This makes sense, as the fishes’ bodies have to adjust from freshwater to saltwater living.
The ocean is an incredible feeding ground, however, and many salmon take advantage of it by swimming incredible distances out to sea. The Atlantic Salmon, for instance, heads to where the food is in the rich waters of the northern Atlantic, near Greenland, until it’s time to spawn. Other kinds of salmon, like the steelhead trout, swim in the Pacific up and down the California coast, some of the richest feeding grounds in the world.
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