Almost extinct salmon bays spotted in Bay Area after 18 years

The recent sightings of bright red-tailed coho salmons in the Montezuma Creek have left biologists around the world rejoicing as it is a milestone for the Bay Area. This marks the first time it has been spotted since 2004. 

After years of climate change, overfishing, and habitat loss the spotting of salmon bays is the result of massive storms that have let these salmon bays maneuverer through culverts under roads that normally blocked their passages. 

Biologists have miraculously also spotted salmons in other areas like Woodacre Creek, Larsen Creek and Arroyo Creek, where salmons have not been spotted since 2004. 

Todd Steiner, who is the founder and executive director of SPAWN (A Salmon Protection and Watershed Network), released a statement where he urged government to limit construction, protect creekside habitat, and continue to remove barriers so the fishes can continue to migrate. 

The return of these beautiful, giant two-foot fishes are a welcome sight to the local residents. 

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