A frequent question we get from our customers is 'how many species of salmon are there in Alaska and which ones do you catch?' So here's a brief salmon lesson: There are five species of salmon in Alaska and we catch all five. We mostly catch Sockeye salmon and rarely catch King salmon (because they run closer to the beach). One day this past season we caught every specie and attempted to photograph them while underway. Here's a King Salmon, a.k.a. Chinook. He has spots throughout his body and much larger teeth than the other species. King average 20lbs and have a succulent flavor and firm texture. Here's a Sockeye Salmon, a.k.a. Red. Her tail fin does not have silver in it and her scales and eyes are an average size. Sockeye average 6lbs and have a rich flavor, firm texture and deep red flesh color. (Sockeye are what we sell to you!) Here's a Coho Salmon, a.k.a. Silver. His fin has silver in it, his eyes are smaller and his body is rounder than the Sockeye. Coho average 12lbs and have a delicate flavor with firm orange-red flesh. Here's a Chum Salmon, a.k.a. Keta, Dog, or Silverbrite. Her tail displays some silver color, the body is slimmer than the Silver and her body tapers off quickly in front of the tail, unlike the Sockeye. Her eyes are larger than the Silver. Chum average 8lbs and have a mild flavor and pink meat color. Here's a Pink Salmon, a.k.a. Humpy. His scales are very small, while spawning he develops a hump behind his head . Pink average 3lbs and have a mild delicate flavor, soft to medium texture and rosy pink-colored flesh. Those are the basics! Now see if you can identify each specie in this group posed photo.
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