These December days are the days when new life begins in the water bodies of Bering Island. The lakes are iced over, the coasts are covered with snow, but small unfreezing rivers and springs are a place of coho salmon spawning. Large bright crimson fish lay their eggs and then die to step aside and make way for the new generation.
Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) or in Aleutian “kakida” is one of three Pacific Ocean salmons, which breed in rivers in the Commander Islands Reserve. This species is widely spread on Bering Island.
Photo by Evgeny Mamaev