During their migration upstream, salmon need to figure out how to get past different obstacles, such as fallen trees and small waterfalls. Sometimes, this means jumping out of the water! Did you know that a salmon can jump up to two meters high?
See how you compare to a salmon! Using a ruler, measure a length of two meters on the floor. How far can you jump?
Tip: if you don’t have a ruler, you can use sheets of paper to measure distance. Two meters is about the same length as seven sheets of paper, lined up vertically.
But…salmon don’t just jump out—they also jump up! How high can you jump?
An adult salmon is about one meter long. Since salmon can jump two meters, this means that they can jump double their body length. If you had to jump double your body length, how high would that be?
Keep learning about Watershed CPR with this resource from the Fraser River Discovery Centre: My River, My Home
The Watershed CPR Education Program is a self-guided, virtual learning experience all about the Fraser River, created by the Rivershed Society of BC.
In this virtual experience, users are introduced to the three pillars of Watershed CPR—Connect, Protect, and Restore—through a series of engaging activities and interactives about the Fraser Watershed. Users will learn about the flora and fauna that inhabit the Fraser; the First Nations who have lived in this area since time immemorial; some of the conservation issues affecting the watershed; and how to “perform Watershed CPR” and become a Watershed Defender.
To learn more about Watershed CPR and the Rivershed Society of BC, visit rivershed.com.
Thank you to our partners in development: Cicada Creative and Canadian Geographic, and immense gratitude to the Kwantlen First Nation for their time and contributions to the program. Consultation from Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Funding provided by the Pacific Salmon Foundation, and Environment and Climate Change Canada, via the Environmental Damages Fund.
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