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Snake River sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, at Eagle Fish Hatchery in Eagle, ID. These are ‘swim-up fry’, meaning they’re just a couple months old.

This species was nearly lost to extinction, getting as low as 16 founder fish for the breeding program. Today, hundreds are produced in a hatchery setting, but the fish are still having difficulty making it in the wild, with overfishing, pollution and a series of dams restricting their movement to their spawning grounds near Redfish Lake, ID. This fish has the longest run inland and spawns at the highest altitude, of any sockeye salmon on Earth.

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A Snake River sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, at Eagle Fish Hatchery in Eagle, ID. This is an adult fish, hatched in 2018, and likely a female.

This species was nearly lost to extinction, getting as low as 16 founder fish for the breeding program. Today, hundreds are produced in a hatchery setting, but the fish are still having difficulty making it in the wild, with overfishing, pollution and a series of dams restricting their movement to their spawning grounds near Redfish Lake, ID. This fish has the longest run inland and spawns at the highest altitude, of any sockeye salmon on Earth.

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A Snake River sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, at Eagle Fish Hatchery in Eagle, ID. This is an adult fish, hatched in 2018, and likely a female.

This species was nearly lost to extinction, getting as low as 16 founder fish for the breeding program. Today, hundreds are produced in a hatchery setting, but the fish are still having difficulty making it in the wild, with overfishing, pollution and a series of dams restricting their movement to their spawning grounds near Redfish Lake, ID. This fish has the longest run inland and spawns at the highest altitude, of any sockeye salmon on Earth.

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A Snake River sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, at Eagle Fish Hatchery in Eagle, ID. This is an adult fish, hatched in 2018, and likely a female.

This species was nearly lost to extinction, getting as low as 16 founder fish for the breeding program. Today, hundreds are produced in a hatchery setting, but the fish are still having difficulty making it in the wild, with overfishing, pollution and a series of dams restricting their movement to their spawning grounds near Redfish Lake, ID. This fish has the longest run inland and spawns at the highest altitude, of any sockeye salmon on Earth.

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A Snake River sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, at Eagle Fish Hatchery in Eagle, ID. This is an adult fish, hatched in 2018, and likely a female.

This species was nearly lost to extinction, getting as low as 16 founder fish for the breeding program. Today, hundreds are produced in a hatchery setting, but the fish are still having difficulty making it in the wild, with overfishing, pollution and a series of dams restricting their movement to their spawning grounds near Redfish Lake, ID. This fish has the longest run inland and spawns at the highest altitude, of any sockeye salmon on Earth.

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A Snake River sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, at Eagle Fish Hatchery in Eagle, ID. This is a 2019 hatch year fish, so when photographed in 2021 it was still a smolt, and not quite an adult.

This species was nearly lost to extinction, getting as low as 16 founder fish for the breeding program. Today, hundreds are produced in a hatchery setting, but the fish are still having difficulty making it in the wild, with overfishing, pollution and a series of dams restricting their movement to their spawning grounds near Redfish Lake, ID. This fish has the longest run inland and spawns at the highest altitude, of any sockeye salmon on Earth.

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A Snake River sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, at Eagle Fish Hatchery in Eagle, ID. This is a 2019 hatch year fish, so when photographed in 2021 it was still a smolt, and not quite an adult.

This species was nearly lost to extinction, getting as low as 16 founder fish for the breeding program. Today, hundreds are produced in a hatchery setting, but the fish are still having difficulty making it in the wild, with overfishing, pollution and a series of dams restricting their movement to their spawning grounds near Redfish Lake, ID. This fish has the longest run inland and spawns at the highest altitude, of any sockeye salmon on Earth.

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A Snake River sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, at Eagle Fish Hatchery in Eagle, ID. This is a 2019 hatch year fish, so when photographed in 2021 it was still a smolt, and not quite an adult.

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A Snake River sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, at Eagle Fish Hatchery in Eagle, ID. This is a 2019 hatch year fish, so when photographed in 2021 it was still a smolt, and not quite an adult.

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A Colorado River cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii pleuriticus) at Dan Speas Hatchery in Capser, WY. This fish is a juvenile at about 9 months of age.

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A Colorado River cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii pleuriticus) at Speas Hatchery in Capser, WY. This fish is a juvenile at about 9 months of age.

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A Colorado River cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii pleuriticus) at Speas Hatchery in Capser, WY. This fish is a juvenile at about 9 months of age.

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A Colorado River cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii pleuriticus) at Speas Hatchery in Capser, WY. This fish is a juvenile at about 9 months of age.

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A Bear River cutthroat trout or Bonneville cutthroat trout (Oncorhyncus clarkii utah) at Speas Hatchery in Capser, WY. This fish is a juvenile at about 9 months of age.

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A Bear River cutthroat trout or Bonneville cutthroat trout (Oncorhyncus clarkii utah) at Speas Hatchery in Capser, WY. This fish is a juvenile at about 9 months of age.

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A Bear River cutthroat trout or Bonneville cutthroat trout (Oncorhyncus clarkii utah) at Speas Hatchery in Capser, WY. This fish is a juvenile at about 9 months of age.

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A juvenile pirarucu (Arapaima gigas) at the Urku Center, Tarapoto, Peru.

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A juvenile pirarucu (Arapaima gigas) at the Urku Center, Tarapoto, Peru.

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A juvenile pirarucu (Arapaima gigas) at the Urku Center, Tarapoto, Peru.

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A juvenile largescale fat snook (Centropomus mexicanus) from the St. Lucie River) Florida. This individual was photographed at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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A juvenile swordspine snook (Centropomus ensiferus) from the St. Lucie River) Florida. This individual was photographed at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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A big mouth sleeper (Gobiomorus dormitor) from the St. Lucie River in Florida. This individual was photographed at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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A big mouth sleeper (Gobiomorus dormitor) from the St. Lucie River in Florida. This individual was photographed at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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A big mouth sleeper (Gobiomorus dormitor) from the St. Lucie River in Florida. This individual was photographed at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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A big mouth sleeper (Gobiomorus dormitor) from the St. Lucie River in Florida. This individual was photographed at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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A big mouth sleeper (Gobiomorus dormitor) from the St. Lucie River in Florida. This individual was photographed at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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A juvenile swordspine snook (Centropomus ensiferus) from the St. Lucie River) Florida. This individual was photographed at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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A juvenile swordspine snook (Centropomus ensiferus) from the St. Lucie River) Florida. This individual was photographed at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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A juvenile swordspine snook (Centropomus ensiferus) from the St. Lucie River) Florida. This individual was photographed at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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A juvenile largescale fat snook (Centropomus mexicanus) from the St. Lucie River) Florida. This individual was photographed at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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A juvenile largescale fat snook (Centropomus mexicanus) from the St. Lucie River) Florida. This individual was photographed at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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A pair of Arabian killifish (Aphanius stoliczkanus) photographed at the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre.

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A pair of Arabian killifish (Aphanius stoliczkanus) photographed at the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre.

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An endangered Arabian himri (Carasobarbus apoensis) photographed at the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre.

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An endangered Arabian himri (Carasobarbus apoensis) photographed at the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre.

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An endangered Arabian himri (Carasobarbus apoensis) photographed at the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre.

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