85-Pound Salmon Found in California's Battle Creek

November 6, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

Count it as one positive that came from the closure of commercial salmon fisheries, or simply marvel at it as one of nature’s demonstrations of renewal, but state scientists found the spawned out carcass of a giant chinook salmon in California’s Battle Creek last week. “Measuring in at 51 inches – 4 1/4 feet – long, the male salmon was likely five to six years old, Killam said. Scientists used the salmon’s girth and length to come up with their estimate of 85 pounds – and that’s dead. The salmon probably weighed about 90 pounds alive when it started its swim from the Pacific Ocean back to Battle Creek.” Dylan Darling on Redding.com. (Thanks to reader Sherelyn Campbell for this link.)