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 Surf Smelt   
The surf smelt is silvery fish, whose abdomen is see through as a young fish. It makes a great snack for regular-sized salmon living in the Inlet, and plays an integral part in their lifecycle.

surf smelt

 Bay Pipefish   
The bay pipefish is part of the seahorse family. Male pipefish take on most of the parenting duties, and are the ones who carry their babies to term. You can find these long, thin creatures in the eelgrass beds found around the Burrard Inlet.

bay pipefish

 Staghorn Sculpin   
This fish has beautiful fan-like fins and many spines and rays to defend itself. The Staghorn Sculpin prefers shallow waters - during high tide, look for it on the beaches around the Shoreline Trail.

staghorn sculpin

 Coho Salmon   
Coho tend to stick close to shore for most of their lifecycle. Juvenile coho defend their territory through an intricate set of movements resembling a shimmy shake.

coho salmon smolt

 Chinook Salmon     
The Chinook Salmon is the larget species of Pacific Salmon. Native to the North Pacific, are often referred to as the King Salmon. Colours range from blue-green to red-or purple with black spots on tail and upper half of the body. The largest Chinook ever caught 126 lbs (57kg).  

chinook salmon

 Pink Salmon    
Pink salmon are the most abundant of all the Pacific salmon. However, they also have the shortest life span, lasting just two years. In the juvenile stage, this fish has a distinguishable silvery blue look to it which changes to pale grey when spawning.

pink salmon

 Shiner perch   
This fish is easily identifiable - females have yellow or gold stripes on their sides. The male shiner perch is black in colour. 

shiner perch

 Cutthroat trout   
This fish spawns in freshwater, and although it does spend part of its life in the ocean, it tends to stick close to the estuary of its home stream. Juvenile cutthroat can adapt to a variety of freshwater conditions and as a result can live in many habitats.

cutthroat salmon

 Stary founder   
This fish begins its life with eyes on either side of its head. As it ages, one eye moves so that both eyes end up on the same side! The starry flounder requires soft sand or silt for its habitat and can often be found near beaches.

starry flounder





Last updated: 05/06/2012 3:26:23 PM