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Teeth on a Chum Salmon

 
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Feb 05, 2017 07:39 |  #1

Chum or Dog Salmon grow these teeth during their last act in their life, the spawning run.


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Feb 06, 2017 08:35 |  #2

All the better to... umm, court females with, dear.

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Feb 23, 2017 12:05 |  #3

Nice shot and why would they need teeth at the point ?.


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Feb 23, 2017 12:30 |  #4

lonerider519 wrote in post #18282762 (external link)
Nice shot and why would they need teeth at the point ?.

Maybe they believe they can scare the bears... :p


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Mar 02, 2017 07:13 |  #5

That's some serious dentition!




  
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Mar 03, 2017 05:01 as a reply to  @ lonerider519's post |  #6

They use those teeth to fight as the males become aggressive during the spawn. They grab other males by the peduncle just ahead of the tail, driving them away.

I do not know the physiological reason teeth grow but their whole body is changing as they live off their own oils and protein. Salmon normally do not feed during this run, the spawn.

We do have a fish scientist that frequents this group. Perhaps if he reads this, he can correct my musings if I have gone astray or add to what I have written.




  
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Mar 13, 2017 09:57 |  #7

Fantastic photo!




  
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Jun 15, 2017 02:23 |  #8

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Jun 25, 2017 08:52 |  #9

wouldn't want to get bit by that




  
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Jul 09, 2017 23:11 |  #10

You see horror movies with teeth like that!




  
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Sep 28, 2017 20:16 |  #11

WildImages wrote in post #18290476 (external link)
They use those teeth to fight as the males become aggressive during the spawn. They grab other males by the peduncle just ahead of the tail, driving them away.

I do not know the physiological reason teeth grow but their whole body is changing as they live off their own oils and protein. Salmon normally do not feed during this run, the spawn.

We do have a fish scientist that frequents this group. Perhaps if he reads this, he can correct my musings if I have gone astray or add to what I have written.


You are correct! I have salmon fight shots on my web site. see http://www.salmonograp​hy.com/Salmonid-Topic/Fighting/ (external link)
Adults end up being scarred from being bitten.


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Apr 25, 2018 17:21 |  #12

How did you get this shot!? Sooo goooood




  
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May 03, 2018 07:13 as a reply to  @ webberj's post |  #13

I was in a small boat, a Boston Whaler, and was surrounded by these Chum or Dog Salmon. Being low in the water and close, the rest was just taking the image at the right time. A certain amount of luck was involved as well!




  
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