Atlantic Salmon

Set of scaled elevation drawings of the Atlantic Salmon viewed from the front and side

The Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) is a very delicate fish, hence its presence is a good indicator of the health of an ecosystem. The fish is widespread in the Northern Atlantic oceans and surrounding rivers. Its life stage is full of unique names such as smolt, parr, fry, and alevin: depending on whether it is in the freshwater or saltwater phase.

Atlantic Salmon are members of the family Salmonidae migrating between the sea (feeding grounds) and rivers (breeding grounds). Adults are identified by their predominantly black spot above the lateral line plus highly developed teeth. Besides, they change appearance when they enter freshwater or salty water.

Atlantic Salmons have a total length between 28”-40” (71-102 cm), body height of 6.5”-9” (16.5-22.9 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 8-12 lb (3.6-5.4 kg). The typical lifespan of the Atlantic Salmon is 5-13 years.


*Under Development*

6.5”-9” | 16.5-22.9 cm
28”-40” | 71-102 cm
8-12 lb | 3.6-5.4 kg
Scientific Name:
Salmo salar
5-13 years


Drawings include:

Atlantic Salmon side elevation, front

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Freshwater fish are fish that spend some or all of their live in water with a salinity level lower than .05%. Freshwater fish, due to the segmented nature of ponds, lakes, and rivers, are subject to speciation similar to species on islands.