Started on Jul 13, 2013
A live, underwater view of Steep Creek near the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska.
Sockeye Salmon arrive in Steep Creek around mid-July. Between mid-July through the end of August the salmon dig redds (nests), find mates, and spawn.
Cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden (similar to Bull trout) are also in the creek. Dolly Varden consume any eggs that don't make it into the redd. You can also see Coho salmon fry from time to time.
Adult Sockeye in Steep Creek average 24" in length. Dolly Varden tend to be smaller, around 12-18" in length.
Despite appearances, the creek is only about 18" deep near the camera.
Brought to you by the Tongass National Forest, U.S. Forest Service.