Saturday Snapshot invites bloggers to share photos. When browsing the Salmonid Interpretation Center, where we annually purchase souvenirs for friends, we realized that Andy hadn’t actually seen the center or its salmon ladder. So, we squeezed in a visit.
The salmon ladder allows salmon bypass the dam to they can swim up the Exploits River to spawn. The salmon are drawn to the salmon ladder naturally because they are wired to swim against the current.
While most of the salmon ladder at the Salmonid Interpretation Center is covered by metal grating, right next to the center there’s an uncovered holding area. Here, visitors can watch the salmon leap into the holding area. Andy and I spent a lot of time here trying to get photos of “flying” salmon.
Visitors can also go to the lower level of the interpretation area to get an underwater view of the holding area through large windows. It was easier to get photos of the salmon here.
Originally the Exploits had few Atlantic Salmon because of the large waterfalls in Bishop’s Falls and at the Grand Falls. Thanks in part to the salmon ladder, a returning run of 1,500 in the late 1970s has grown to 35,000 adult fish today. We’ve never before been so fascinated by fish!