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What do they look like?
Salmons come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. They can be bright reds to bright greens to dark, dull blacks and browns to spotted generic black and white colors. Salmons are lighter in color underneath their bodies compared to the darker shades you'll see on top. They are generally long, thin fish with up-turned snouts. The fins on some salmons are quite gorgeous, being nice and rounded fins near their gills to rounded tails. Their dorsal fins are generally fairly close to their tails. One particularly distinguishing characteristic of salmons are their "hunched backs." As you look across the back of a salmon, you'll notice a slight incline up to the center of their backs and a decline down to their tails.

How do they behave?
Salmons are known as predators. They'll eat anything they can get their jaws on, basically. This ranges from plankton and other sea vegetation to crawfish and other crustaceans to other fish. They won't even hesitate to chomp on another fish.

What should you know about them?
Salmons are great food fish. The commercial needs for salmon are extensive. Salmons are favorite foods among bears, seals, sharks, dolphins, and, of course, humans. People in Europe and in North America value eating a fine meal of freshly caught salmon. One tidbit that not many people know is that salmon were also among the favorite fish for Native American Indians.