Coho Salmon

Oncorhynchus kisutch

Photo by Ric on flickr.com

Coho Salmon are perhaps one of the most notable species that has been spotted on the North Shore. During spawning season, these salmon turn from silver to a bright red colour on the sides of their bodies. Coho Salmon are born in freshwater and remain there for a year or two before migrating to the ocean. Once mature, these salmon return to the Capilano River to spawn. In freshwater, Coho Salmon normally eat insects, whereas once they reach the sea, they are known to feed on other fish and other organisms like squid. Coho Salmon are popularly fished in West Vancouver, and are also preyed on by other fish, birds and mammals, including Harbour Seals.

Information from E-Fauna BC: https://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/efauna/Atlas/Atlas.aspx?sciname=Oncorhynchus%20kisutch