Salmon Spawning Season

Sea Lion eating salmon at the Ballard locks in Seattle

Sea Lion eating salmon at the Ballard locks in Seattle

The salmon are now spawning and using the fish ladder at the locks. The Sea Lion’s know they are easy prey and have a feast at the entrance to the fish ladder. In a period of about 2-3 minutes, this Sea Lion grabbed about 20 salmon and ate the center and then discarded the rest.

Spawning salmon going through fish ladder at the locks in Seattle

This was a great day to not only see the Sea Lions, but also the spawning salmon as they go through the viewing areas of the locks.

Spawning slamon jumping at the Ballard Locks in Seattle.

And of course there are a few that get away from the Sea Lions and make it through the ladder.

Additional photos taken during and after our tour on September 3rd.

Spawning salmon viewing area at the Ballard locks in SeattleSpawning Salmon at the Ballard Locks in Seattle

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