Dispatching a Salmon

Posted by
Jerry (Aberdeen, United States) on 11 June 2019 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Photo taken at Westport, Washington USA

Seals and Sea Lions will grab a fish, a salmon in this photo, and slam it onto the surface of the water rendering it stunned and almost lifeless They will then toss it around before eating out the belly of the fish. In this photo the salmon had already been rendered helpless and was flipped so hard that his head came off.

I have witnessed terrified Salmon swim completely out of the water and up onto the shore to try and escape from these viscous predators.

Panasonic DMC-FZ28 1/500 second F/5.6 ISO 200 486 mm (35mm equiv.)

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


11 Jun 2019 7:20am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

This is a superb nature shot. It might be sad to see but that is how it is. 5*

11 Jun 2019 10:51am

@Shaun: Thanks for the comment and rating, it was a lucky shot. I went back and looked at another photo with 3 docks taken over by these critters then checked on the revenue lost. Five berthing spaces were lost, they can't harass the animals to leave so at about $35/day (rough est based on boat lengths) that equals about $5000/month lost revenue for the owner. Funny story, I was taking photo's of these animals a few days ago and was worried about one jumping up on the dock behind me and trapping me. As I was taking a photo a dog came up behind me and touch his wet nose on my bare leg and I about jumped out of my skin. I can just imagine how that must have looked to a bystander. Finally, I agree with you they are doing what comes natural when they kill a fish.

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Très belle prise

11 Jun 2019 4:48pm

@Libouton Martine: I was lucky, Thank-you

omid from mashhad, Iran

A M A Z I N G !

11 Jun 2019 8:32pm

Epic Girl from Montana, United States

Salmon provide much food for many species, don't they? Great photo!

11 Jun 2019 11:03pm

@Epic Girl: Thank-you. yes they do so they need to be managed very carefully. I have witnessed gill net people selling salmon right at boat launches so they can pocket money and not effect their quota. We have predators growing in numbers and fishermen with high tech gear take many fish. Some set netters leave nets out over night and the sea gulls pick the salmon apart at low tide and they are wasted. The numbers of salmon are diminishing. Greed & Money are the major enemy of salmon

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States


11 Jun 2019 11:31pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Amazing action shot.

12 Jun 2019 4:05am

Mickaël D from CHERBOURG, France

Une belle leçon de pêche de ce lion de mer ;)

12 Jun 2019 5:37am

Panasonic DMC-FZ28
1/500 second
ISO 200
486 mm (35mm equiv.)