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Salmon Cross the Road, and the Joke Writes Itself

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Why did the salmon cross the road? To get to the other side and spawn of course!

Why did these salmon cross the road? Because the water levels were high, and they’re trying to get to the other side and spawn.

In what has become a regular occurrence in the state of Washington, the annual scene of Chum salmon rushing upstream in droves with rising water levels on the Skokomish River, known as the state’s river most prone to flooding has become the subject of marvel and natural wonder.

The video was captured by Washington resident Tyler G. Johnson in early November, 2015.

Fellow Wide Open Spaces contributor David Smith published a similar video on the phenomenon that shows scenes captured by Daniel Strothman for Seattle’s KOMO News last year.

Perhaps it’s time to start putting up some fish crossing signs, or improving the state’s culvert systems, which create major obstacles to fish passage during high water events. Either way, these salmon are determined to keep on trucking upstream.

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Salmon Cross the Road, and the Joke Writes Itself