Published On: Fri, May 29th, 2015

Chinook Salmon and Brown Trout, Canterbury, NZ


Chinook Salmon and Brown Trout

This series of videos was taken in a Canterbury lowland stream on an autumn day during April 2015. Although the water was clear the fallen autumn leaves can be seen drifting through the pool.

A fresh sea run Chinook returning the spawn and other juvenile salmon were observed cohabiting a pool with brown trout of various sizes. Video made by and courtesy of Kevin Belcher.

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Chinook Salmon Parr

This video captures juvenile chinook salmon which have developed from "fry" to become "parr" and are about 40-50mm long. They will remain and feed in the stream until they become "smolt" and large enough to migrate to the sea. The survivors will return to the same stream in 2-3 years time as fully grown adult salmon. Video by Kevin Belcher. Published 27 August 2018

This video captures a pair of Chinook Salmon Spawning in a Canterbury Stream. The jack chases off an intruder from the redd. The eggs laid by the hen can be clearly seen while the jack fertilizes them. The hen then uses her tail to cover the eggs with shingle. Video by Kevin Belcher. 10 May 2018