Monday, 31 December 2007

Salmon Kelt

video
Here's a video of a cock fish kelt at the Newtyle beat's jetty today. Very sad to see a fine salmon dying like this after the rigours of spawning but it's just natures way of doing things. Dead salmon in the winter months re-introduce crucial nitrates into the river system which in turn provide food for many creatures (and juvenile salmon) to feed on at a time of year when food is scarce.
This salmon completed its objective of surving in the river as a juvenile for 2/3 years and the dangers in the sea for a year or so to return and reproduce in the river having also avoided the anglers and many other hazards. My hat is off to this fish.

Jock Monteith

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