Found: North Pacific Ocean – Southwestern Alaska (Bristo Bay)
Size: 2.8 ft (84 cm)
Diet: Amphipods, small fishes, squid and copepods
Weight: Nearly 4 kg
Life Span: More than 5yrs
Other names: Red salmon or blueback salmon
One of the most common fish in Pacific salmon species is Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). Head and caudal fin colored with green and the body is red. Sockeye are blue tinged with ash gray (silver) in color while living in the sea. Dorsal, pelvic and anal fins are red in color, visible teeth.
Breeding mainly occurs in rivers such as Klamath River, Kuskokwim River in Alaska and Anadyr River in Japan, rare in the seas. Female’s spawn in 3 to 5 nests over a span of days and hatching takes place later than 6 to 9 weeks.