Leaper: The Story of an Atlantic Salmon

Leaper: The Story of an Atlantic Salmon

By: Robert M. McClung
Published by: William Morrow & Company
Simultaneously published by: George J. McLeod Limited, Toronto
Publication Date: 1957
Series: Robert McClung's Animal Life Cycle Series

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Late in March, when ice still hid the banks of the stream, Leaper broke out of his pale pink egg. For two years he fed and grew in his quiet pool, and then the time came to start his journey to the sea. The rushing current swept him swiftly downstream, past dangerous mink and heron and through city-polluted water. At last Leaper entered the ocean, but there were dangers here too—huge sharks, schools of tuna, and the trolling lines of fishing boats.

Three years passed before the salmon felt the mysterious urge to return to the stream where he had hatched. Now he faced the most difficult challenge of all. He drove through gill nets, over ten-foot falls, up fish ladders, constantly battling the current. Battered and worn, he finally nosed into his own pool and found new eggs to be fertilized.

The life cycle of a salmon is one of the most dramatic stories in nature, and the reader will follow Leaper's travels with fascination in these beautifully designed and illustrated pages. 

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