Hundreds of salmon turn Perth river into flapping frenzy

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A stand-up paddle board class was cancelled after a run of hundreds of salmon forced teachers and students out of the water.

A stand-up paddle board class in Perth had to be called off on Saturday morning after a massive run of salmon, known here as kahawai, sent the usually calm waters of the Swan River into flapping turmoil.

A video posted on Facebook by the Elemental SUP stand up paddle board school, shows hundreds of salmon flapping close to the shore at Blackwall Reach.

Caroline Bradley, owner of Elemental SUP, filmed the nature display, saying in seven years working on the river she had never seen something like it.

This couple stay ashore as flapping salmon turn Perth's Swan River into turmoil.
ELEMENTAL SUP/FACEBOOK

This couple stay ashore as flapping salmon turn Perth's Swan River into turmoil.

"What a sight," she said.

"It looked like the water was boiling. It was unreal, I was lucky I had the camera at hand.

Bradley said the salmon came close to shore to feed on smaller bait fish.

A large run of salmon turned a quiet Perth river into turmoil over the weekend.
ELEMENTAL SUP/FACEBOOK

A large run of salmon turned a quiet Perth river into turmoil over the weekend.

"One man came up and hand-grabbed a salmon," she said.

"I was surprised not more people were fishing them, people were just watching.

One commenter on Facebook said "There will be 20,000 people fishing in the river tomorrow".

Salmon are highly sought after by sport anglers due to their fighting tactics, according to Fishing Western Australia.

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About two weeks prior a local fisherman labelled the tactics of some anglers as "disgraceful" as images emerged online of dozens of the salmon lying in pools of blood at Ammo Jetty.

Ammo Jetty along with Rous Head in Fremantle are known hot spots to catch salmon. 

 

 - watoday.com.au

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