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It's Super Sockeye!

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     challenging words:    hatchlings, phenomenal, sockeye, undergo, saltwater, species, freshwater, actually, fish, fertilize, adult, bury, male, against, downstream, eggs


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     Spanish: ĄSupersalmón!


It's Super Sockeye!
By Erin Horner
  

1     It's a saltwater fish. No, it's a freshwater fish. No, it's both! It's super sockeye! Did you know that sockeye salmon can live in the salty sea water of the ocean and in freshwater streams and rivers? It's true. They are one of the few species of fish that are able to live in both places.
 
2     Sockeye, and other types of salmon, are born in freshwater. Sockeye begin life as hatchlings. Then as baby fish, or fry, they live and grow in freshwater streams. After one to three years they have grown enough to make a big trip. The fish start to swim towards the ocean. As they swim downstream, their bodies undergo a chemical change. They become saltwater fish. Now they can survive in the ocean's salty seas. Adult sockeye live and swim in the ocean for a few years.
 
3     After a while, it is time for these fish make another trip. Believe it or not, these super salmon can remember the far away freshwater stream where they were born. They actually smell their way back! But this time the trip is a lot harder. Once they reach the freshwater, it's time .....
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