The Leaping Salmon

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THE word salmon, in late Latin Salmo (for the fish was unknown to the Greeks), comes from salio, to leap; for all salmon run up the streams from the sea in the fall to cast their eggs in clear cold waters, for them to hatch as the waters grow cold. In this regard they are unlike most other fishes (birds and reptiles as well) whose eggs hatch as the weather becomes milder.

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