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27 February 2018 / The Seattle Times / Lynda V. Mapes

No more ‘Kings of the Columbia’: Chinook salmon much smaller these days

Columbia River, United States

Like its old-growth trees, the Northwest’s big, old chinook salmon are largely gone, a new study finds, with implications for Puget Sound’s critically endangered southern resident killer whales.

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This Chinook salmon is typical of the smaller-size Chinook typical in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo by Andrew Hendr