Spawning Sockeye Salmon Brooks River Katmai National Park Alaska

Spawning sockeye salmon head up Brooks River in Katmai National Park in Alaska, USA where they come face to face with Brooks Falls. These falls are one of many they must jump on route to their spawning grounds.

In July, visitors to Brooks Fall in Katmai National Park in Alaska, USA will find the Brooks River filled with sockeye salmon where they leap from beneath the foamy surface to reach the top of the falls. After completing their mission and making it up these falls, they must try and outsmart the brown bears which stand along the river trying to snag their next meal.

The brown bears of Alaska watch as the spawning sockeye salmon leap, often reaching a height of 2 meters, the perfect location where the bears can easily catch one with their massive paws and jaws. This is one of the world's largest salmon runs and the brown bears stock up on their winter calories here.

The entire migration route for these sockeye salmon is a four year cycle which starts in the Pacific Ocean and heads towards Bristol Bay. From here, the sockeye salmon head up the Naknek River into Lake Naknek until they reach the start of Brooks River. Their colors change as they make their long journey up the river taking them to their spawning grounds as they have not eaten since leaving the saltwater.

Spawning sockeye salmon jump up Brooks Falls in Brooks River Katmai National Park Alaska



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Photo Title: Spawning Sockeye Salmon Brooks River Katmai National Park Alaska

Spawning sockeye salmon head up Brooks River in Katmai National Park in Alaska, USA where they come face to face with Brooks Falls. These falls are one of many they must jump on route to their spawning grounds.

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Onchorhynchus Nerka

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