This morning I needed to get my bike ride in early as the Indy 500 starts at 8 am in Alaska. I happen to get home just as MP was walking Jet down to the river where we instantly notice something different. These two pics are hard to see it but there is a ribbon of thousands of Hooligan making their way upriver along the bank. I've seen them this thick many times and it never stops amazing me, the river is alive with them. The hooligan were called Candlefish in the day when they actually rendered them for lamp oil. They're a smelt type of fish and I think the scientific name is Eucholon. I'm embarrassed to say that unlike the salmon here I really don't know much about their biology. They obviously spawn here as they are always ripe but I don't know where or when. I really don't even know if they die after spawning like some anadromous fish so if any of you out there know these questions do me a favor and let me know.
In the first pic you can barely discern that the whole school is head to tail, for miles. If you click on it you can see the fish a bit better. I took the next pic from above and the dark ribbon you see along the shore is entirely fish. Mile 14 is one amazing place. Oh, some folks love the hooligan fried, I personally find them soft and mushy and am not very fond of them. But just to have such a remarkable resource in your own backyard is pretty cool. The birds are happy.