One of the coolest events in nature is happening now. The pairing up of Spring Chinook Salmon in their native habitat, preparing to spawn. This is the end of the life cycle for them and the beginning of the life cycle for the next generation.
Admittedly, the video quality is lacking. You’ll find much better elsewhere on the web without looking to hard. This was all I got before the battery died.
I watched this fish, presumably a female, at a very close distance, for about an hour. So close, that I was able to see that she had an adipose fin intact. This indicated to me that she was a wild fish, born in this very river 4 or 5 years ago. She likely hatched from this very same patch of gravel, just east of Gates, Oregon.