Chinook Salmon

Lake Michigan Sunset  Taken By:Jerek Obry

How can I be like the Chinook?

Adaptations- If you were confined to a watery domain you would have some adaptations similar to the Chinook.  The name of the body layout is conservation.  For one, you would most certainly have a more streamlined body like the salmon.  This crucial adaptation allows you to glide smoothly and effectively though the water, conserving valuable energy.  Even the very mechanisms that would propel you through the water are adapted for low drag.  The second adaptation you would have to acquire to be more like the great Chinook is rugged fins.  The salmon’s fins are not only built for endurance but for the necessary bursts of speed to attack its prey when the time is just right.  These quick bursts are primarily derived from the fish’s utilization of its oversized tail fin. 

            And when it comes to feeding, the Chinook doesn't bother too much with the whole chewing idea.  This adaptation also conserves energy. The salmon has a single row of small but razor sharp teeth that hold the prey in place before it swallows it whole.  So kids, if your parents keep harping on you about chewing your food, you can simply explain that you are following the ways of the king, the king salmon.

            Probably the most useful adaptation that is shared by all of the fishes is the evolution of the lateral line.  The lateral line system utilized by fish is a long sensory organ made up of numerous sensory hair cells that pick up the slightest vibrations in the surrounding water.  This system is very important in detecting prey and avoiding predators.  Imagine combining touch, sight, and hearing into one sense and you can maybe imagine what it would be like to have said lateral line. Yeah, you would be the cool kid on the block for sure!


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