Salmon is one of my favorite fish to cook and eat, I never thought to think about their life cycle. Last class we watched a video all about the Salmon and their cycle, there was no sound just beautiful images and scenery of some of the nature and animals in Alaska. The film started with the salmon eggs hatching in a beautiful stream. I was amazed by how large of a group the Salmon hatch in. Literally the entire stream was covered as almost the salmon were the water. The Salmon then have this instinct to swim to the ocean where they mate and grow and become these beautiful fish with sparkling silver scales that seem almost flourescent in the water. When the salmon are matured they once again get this instinct to swim back to the stream in which they were once born in. I find this fascinating, because I never thought of fish being intelligent creatures, but I guess much like everything on earth it has its unique purpose and contribution to nature or society. When the salmon go back to the stream they begin to change. They begin to look as if they are rotting. The scales turn to this reddish-brown color, they are no longer shiny, they grow these horrific sets of sharp teeth and parts of their flesh looks as if its been torn off their bodies. It’s a sad thought, but the Salmon in my mind becomes this noble creature. They swim back to the stream, and the journey seems to be forever long and painfully unpleasant, due to the fact they are dying while swimming. Once the salmon reach the stream for the task at hand, which is to give birth to a new life cycle of Salmon. The female Salmon hatch the eggs and the males swish their fins to bury a hole in the bottom of the stream for the eggs to be buried. Once this process has happened the cycle comes to an end and the salmon all die. Within nature however, the cycle still continues. The dead Salmon feed the birds and the bears come and take the dead Salmon to land to eat and the remains become a natural fertilizer. I now know that Salmon aren’t just a fish to eat they hold a purpose within nature and it just goes to show that animals or living beings that I use to not care about serve a purpose in the world and that all these living things are actually important and should not be taken for granted.