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Pink Salmon 
Traits: Fish with an adipose fin, very large spots on back, and caudal fin

Habitat: Adults live at sea but move into fresh water to spawn in rivers and river mouths. Young go to sea shortly after leaving spawning areas.

Foods: Copepods, squid, insects, amphipods, small fish

Eaten by: Larger fish, seals, sea lions, certain whales, bears, bald eagles, ospreys, humans

Do You Know? Pink salmon, the smallest salmon, are also called humpbacks because the breeding males develop large humps on their backs.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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