Chinook Salmon

Pair of elevation illustrations of the Chinook Salmon seen from the side and front

The Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) exhibit high sexual dimorphism with males having hooked upper jaws and canine-like teeth while females show torpedo-shaped bodies and blunt noses.They are also called spring salmon, chrome hog, king salmon, Quinnat salmon, and Tyee salmon, and are the largest species in the family Salmonidae and slso featured in the culture of some communities of the first nation’s peoples.

Chinook Salmon are anadromous: migrating between oceans and rivers to spawn. They are found in western to the northern coast of America and Alaska and nutritious in omega-3 fatty acids. Males that are about to spawn show distinct color patterns when in freshwater and ocean water.

Chinook Salmon have a total length between 24”-36” (61-91 cm), body height of 5.5”-8.5” (14-21.6 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 30-40 lb (13.6-18.1 kg). The typical lifespan of the Chinook Salmon is 5-9 years.


*Under Development*

5.5”-8.5” | 14-21.6 cm
24”-36” | 61-91 cm
30-40 lb | 13.6-18.1 kg
Scientific Name:
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
5-9 years


Drawings include:

Chinook 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.