Well, it seems as though the gang at Salmon are Sacred knew this blog post was coming.
When Guy Fournier posts a note about a pink salmon he just caught in the Squamish River that was red, had sea lice on it, was bleeding from the mouth, and had large lacerations, the Salmon are Sacred fan club was shocked and left grasping for reasons for this “unusual catch”.
Many Salmon are Sacred had never witnessed this horror before – including one lady with 57 years fishing experience.
Many wanted to pontificate on reasons for this natural disaster: someone questions if it could be radiation from Japan? Activist Alexandra Morton calls for pictures so she can try to pin this revelation on salmon farmers, of course.
But then Lorne Parker points to the obvious (well, obvious to people that actually understand salmon biology):
Here’s a few more facts about spawning pink salmon that Lorne Parker may have missed:
- They have sea lice. In fact, the pink salmon that Guy was catching had lower sea lice levels than studies have shown. This study in 2004 and 2005 shows 100% of the pink salmon caught in the Queen Charlotte Strait naturally hosted between 24 and 52 sea lice
- Salmon bleed from the mouth when they have a large hook in it.
- Some are ugly. They have a humped back, hooked jaw and skin lacerations from getting pounded against the rocks whilst swimming up river.
But then, like an angel watching over Sacred Facebookers, Cuba Libre cautions the gang not to jump to conclusions and misdiagnose – but only so they don’t give “them ammunition” (sorry, too late for that Cuba).
Then finally, Cuba Libre slaps Claudette Bethune (a self-purported expert on everything Canadian – she lives in the USA) upside the head and reminds her that she knows very little about sea lice and salmon biology.
“…those enviro nuts don’t know what they’re talking about.” – Cuba Libre, August 16, 2013
Have the Salmon are Sacred bunch began to critically think for themselves? Probably not. After all, the post from Anne Illerbrun about thousands of pink salmon knowingly killed and wasted by fishermen this week didn’t even earn itself a comment.