It's November, and for some salmon in Washington state, that means it's time to swim up the street.
The sight of salmon crossing a flooded road near Union, Wash., is not unusual in the pacific northwest community located about 40 miles southwest of Seattle. Heavy rains in the nearby Olympic Mountains cause the Skokomish River to flood leading to the phenomenon, the Associated Press reports.
Bears fishing for migrating salmon make for dramatic images, but the shallow water of this road-turned-stream invites other predators.
Video posted by the Associated Press catches an unconventional pair of fishermen, a man and his dog, picking the best catch the flooded road has to offer.
Last year, Seattle news site KOMO posted a similar clip showing salmon struggling to cross a flooded road. And in 2010, news station KIRO taped a crafty pooch named Honey fishing, ultimately successfully, on the road.
Several species of salmon can be found in the waters of the Pacific, all of which belong to the genus Oncorhynchus, from Latin for the “hooked snout” that describes the upper jaw, according to National Geographic.
National Geographic writes:
Although Pacific salmon travel under a range of local names, all, with the exception of steelhead, follow the same life cycle: They hatch in rivers, travel to the sea, fatten on rich ocean fare, return at maturity to spawn in their natal rivers, and die shortly after spawning.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, salmon stocks throughout the Northwest are at a fraction of their historic levels, a decline caused by overfishing and a loss of freshwater habitat.