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[223]Scotland, United Kingdom----Salmons Leap in the River of Life

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River Spey runs in the north of United Kingdom. Locals call the river “River of Life” as the river endlessly offers water for distilling the world famous Scotch whisky. From the source to the river’s mouth, River Spey nurtures many lives of animals and plants in varied habitat. The river water starts long journey as snowmelts of Highlands. It runs through peat fields to conifer forest of Caledonian forest which is several thousand years old before it eventually reach North Sea. Riverside area offer habitats for rare animals such as Golden eagles, capercaillies and otters. Particularly, River Spey is a precious spawning site for Atlantic salmons. Atlantic salmon drastically reduced their numbers as in recent years. Large Atlantic salmons can grow as long as 1.5 meters and it can weigh 40kg. They are largest kind of all salmon species, and British people call them “King of Fish”. Hatched fry of Atlantic salmon stay in River Spey for 4 to 5 years feeding on aquatic insects and small fish. This is a unique behaviour only to Atlantic salmons. Once they travel out to the sea where they grow up, they come back upstream for spawning. Most of salmon species end their lives after the spawning, but some Atlantic salmons travel downstream to come back again for the second spawning. The programme reveals rare behaviours of Atlantic salmons which have never been told in details. In the breathtaking landscape of Spey side, viewers will enjoy treasure of Scottish nature.