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Leaping Salmon

These are the three best images I got from watching the amazing spectacle of Atlantic salmon leaping up Stainton Force in Yorkshire.  They were taken with my iPhone.  Not the best photos but just glad to capture something of what I witnessed.

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Apparently starting their journey around October, these mighty fish swim from the Atlantic Ocean, some from as far afield as North America, up rivers to their spawning grounds in order to lay eggs and have them fertilised by the males.  They traverse many objects and falls of great heights.  As they jump you see their tails flipping away, I suppose to gain hight.  Some falls have man made ladders in order to help the salmon on their way, such as at Pitlochry.  

http://www.atlanticsalmontrust.org

http://ribbletrust.org.uk/galleries/gallery-map/

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