Published On: Thu, May 28th, 2015

Chinook Salmon Spawning Act: Canterbury – New Zealand – Video

Chinook Salmon Spawning Act – Video

This series of videos captures a pair of “fin clipped” chinook salmon preparing to spawn in a Canterbury high country head water. After the spawning act the hen then covers the eggs with shingle and stones while the jack chases off any intruders. 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