Photographer's Note

When the pink salmon return from late June to early August, they swarm on the Solomon Gulch Hatchery in Valdez, AK. The hatchery releases more than 200 million pinks and two million silvers (or coho) each year. There is no stream for the salmon to return to, so they try to get back into the hatchery, crowding together in a solid sea of fighting muscle. Seals and birds come in to feed, and you can stand on shore and watch (and smell) the spectacle. Surefire fishing is allowed up the shore.

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