17.04.2017 - 17.04.2017 16 °C
All locks look alike but it was a long time since we had seen one, so we enjoyed the time that we were stuck in the middle of the canal that joins Washington lake with the sound. As an add-on we saw a harbour seal who was looking for a meal in this space in between.
Next to the canal salmons are invited to move back from the sea to their native river through a separate mini-canal and spawn the next generation. The ladder is so named because in order to manage the difference in height between the (low) sea and the (high) lake they have to jump over a number (21 in the case) of hurdles. Halfway there are windows that show the water between two of these hurdles, and we can watch the fish preparing themselves for the next jump. This is supposed to be the mating season for the “steelhead” salmon species, but somehow the late spring also seems to trigger a delay in their instincts. All in all we see two fish who obviously were not sexually mature and we wondered what they were doing there. When Lisa was last here, there were hundreds of very mature animals Still, we tick the box.