The Chum Salmon: Oncorhunchus keta
Ranging from northern California to Northwest Alaska this salmon grows to a length of three feet. Their usual weight is a range of eight to eighteen pounds but they can grow to thirty. Different from other west coast salmon because of it’s lack of black spots, though at times they can appear speckled. The Chum used to be known as the dog salmon and wasn’t very popular until other salmon stocks dwindled. Now ironically over fishing is its greatest threat.
This painting represents their run from the oceans back to their home streams and rivers to spawn. Their circle of life.