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The two RV Gypsies watched
Salmon jumping upstream
in Seward, Alaska
June 19, 2009
Within a short walking distance from Bear Creek RV Park, the two RV Gypsies came to a place where salmon were trying to get upstream. First they had to get through a big pipe that goes under the road and bridge. But there were so many salmon, they could not all fit through the pipe.
salmon are trying to get upstream
salmon are trying to get upstream
salmon are trying to get upstream
salmon are trying to get upstream
salmon are trying to get upstream
salmon are trying to get upstream
salmon are trying to get upstream
salmon are trying to get upstream
Some salmon got in water that was too shallow and got stuck. Some did not get loose, so just died there.
a stuck salmon
Before the salmon reached the pipe to get to the other side of the road, they had to swim upstream. In the photos below, each splash seen in the photo is salmon fighting their way to the pipe. The water was crystal clear with a rocky bottom.
salmon swimming upstream
salmon swimming upstream
salmon swimming upstream
salmon swimming upstream
Once the salmon got through the pipe, they must jump upwards over a waterfall. There they were "captured" by the salmon workers, who count them, and release them into the main stream.
salmon jumping up the waterfall
salmon jumping up the waterfall
salmon jumping up the waterfall
salmon jumping up the waterfall
salmon jumping up the waterfall
salmon jumping up the waterfall
salmon jumping up the waterfall
salmon jumping up the waterfall
salmon jumping up the waterfall
salmon jumping up the waterfall
salmon jumping up the waterfall
salmon jumping up the waterfall
salmon jumping up the waterfall
When the salmon jump, they must get into the bigger waterfall area, or they hit a gate, and fall back into the water and must try again.
salmon jumping up the waterfall
salmon jumping up the waterfall
The salmon shown below were about to be counted and released back into the water. There is a movie of the salmon jumping and it can be found by using the TOC button above and choosing movies / videos.
he salmon are about to be counted and released

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