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Coho Salmon
(also called SILVER SALMON)

Traits: Large salmon with an adipose fin, small black spots on the back and upper caudal fin

Habitat: Adults live at sea, but return to fresh water to spawn in fast-flowing streams with gravel bottoms.

Foods: Herring, sandlance, crustaceans, other invertebrates; young feed mostly on insects.

Eaten By: Whales, eagles, bears, other salmon, grebes, loons, humans

Do You Know? Young coho salmon may spend as long as five years in fresh water before going to sea.

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

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