Monday, September 8, 2008

Ship Creek

The best thing about Alaska is the wildlife all around you. The Elmendorf Fish Hatchery on Ship Creek is just outside the Post Road gate. There is a very pretty waterfall there, and it's a great place to watch the salmon. We also came across this little bird catching fish. She caught it in her beak, and beat it against this rock over and over again. Then she took the fish over to Junior and tried to feed it to him. (Never mind that Junior was bigger than Momma. ) Apparently the fish was still too big, so Momma went back to her rock and started beating it again, trying to break it into small pieces.
Poor Junior. He just had to hang out near the bank and wait for dinner.
Back to the salmon. This is the final resting place for these fish. They can't jump up the waterfall because it's too high, so they spawn at the base of it and then die.
It doesn't keep them from trying, though. They will jump and jump until they are just too tired. Then they will drift to the side and another salmon will take their place and start jumping all over again.

They turn this deep red color right before they die. I guess this is what they mean when they say "Going out in a blaze of glory."

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