This was the place to learn about Sammy and his friends' journey as they tried to make it to the finish line! Statistically, only 20% of juvenile salmon survive this migration. There were 48 fish in this race...who was your pick to win?
All good things must come to an end
Today is the last day of the Survive the Sound Migration! Out of 48 juvenile steelhead, 14 made it to the Pacific Ocean. Team BothellCool’s fish, Sammy, landed 38th in the rankings. (We’re still getting over it.) We learned so much about steelhead during this 12-day journey. We’ll follow a new set of young steelhead next May when another migration begins. We hope you'll join us again!
The final rankings
The race is over, and 14 steelhead survived the Sound! Our winners are:
Anthony’s King Tony
Special shout out to our fish, Sammy, who finished in 38th place. You may not have won the race, but you certainly won our hearts.
Why are some steelhead easy targets?
One of the reasons steelhead have a hard time is because some of the waters they swim through are contaminated and plagued with disease. Just like people, when fish are unhealthy, they slow down. This makes them an easy meal for predators. Remember…anything that goes down a storm drain in Bothell eventually makes its way – untreated – to Puget Sound. Nothing but rain down the drain, please!
With only one day to go, it looks like Stormy could be the last fish to make it to the ocean. Last night Sushi joined her nine successful steelhead friends and celebrated her victory in the Survive the Sound Migration!
We don’t want to be the ones to say it, but it’s not looking too good for the remaining 10 fish. We just lost Swedish and Mackerel.
Lights out for Lights Off
There are still 14 fish fighting their way to the Pacific. Unfortunately our energy-conserving steelhead, Lights Off, was so good at saving energy that he decided not to use any for rest of the Survive the Sound Migration. You had a good run, buddy.
Latest victories: Goldie, Boom, Neptune, and Gry-Fin-Dor
Latest casualties: Dawg Paddle and Lights Off Still trying: Stormy, Sushi, Mackerel, Sam Q. Newsfish, Swedish, Anthony's King Tony, Speedy, Chinook Book Cherie, Rainbow, Bruce, Coder, Venti, Itchy Roe, and Danger
Two days left!
What are the odds?
If you’ve been following along with the Survive the Sound Migration, you know juvenile steelhead have it pretty rough during their two-week journey towards the Pacific Ocean. Over 80% of them die during their migration attempt! Out of the 48 fish that started this race on May 7, only 25 are still alive. Let’s take good care of our waters to boost their chances of survival.
It looks like Neptune has a good chance of making it to the ocean with less than 14 miles to go! Overnight we lost a few more fish - Willy, Eddy Gar, and Lunch Box. Will anyone else cross the finish line by Friday?
Remembering the fallen
Sadly, 40% of our steely friends have become fish food. R.I.P. Sharkbait, Salmon Ella, Ocean Magic, Trigger, Lulu, Killer, Bodhi, The Swish, Coach, Fin-E-Us, Sammy, Bubbles, Blitz, Flashy, Scifi, Puget Pounder, Jaws, Steely, Sea Slough. You guys made us proud.
Why are so many dying?
Many of these fish are meeting their end near the Hood Canal Bridge. The bridge floats, sitting on enormous pontoons that span 83% of Hood Canal’s width and extend 15 feet underwater. Long Live the Kings and their partners are working to find solutions in case these pontoons are obstructing the steelhead migration.
Congrats on making it to the Pacific Ocean, skʷawǝľ, Sergeant Snackbar, Seven-Fishy-Seven, Little Red, and Micro! Goldie and Boom are next in line with about 78 miles to go. Will they make it through the gauntlet? We hope so!
What big teeth you have, Grandma!
Out of nowhere, Little Red zoomed into spot #2, following closely behind Sergeant Snackbar! Overnight we lost Jaws, Scifi, Flashy, and Salmon Ella leaving 37 fish left in the race. Can Sergeant Snackbar hold onto his lead? He’s only 61 miles away from the Pacific Ocean!
Sergeant Snackbar, Little Red, and skʷawǝľ are our top three today. There’s a pack of fish about 15 miles behind the leaders that includes Bodhi, Trigger, Killer, Speedy, Lunch Box, Chinook Book Cherie, and Fishy McFishface. It’s still anyone’s race!
Putting the past behind us
Yesterday was a hard day for all of us, dealing with the overwhelming shock and grief of losing our friend Sammy so early in the race. But he’s not alone. Yesterday we also had to say goodbye to Fin-E-Us, Puget Pounder, Steely, and Sea Slough. But let’s transform all that sadness into some positive energy and cheer on the rest of Sammy’s friends!
Sergeant Snackbar pulled ahead of Trigger, with skʷawǝľ closely following in third place. Where’s Killer, you ask? He’s moved back a few spots and is now in fifth place. Snackbar has a five-mile lead on Trigger, but as we know by now, anything can happen in this race!
In a tragic turn of events, Sammy's trek was cut short and he didn't survive the journey. We like to think he at least went peacefully. We'll keep following his friends until the end of the race, knowing that his fishy spirit is giving them extra strength to make it to the finish line. You made us proud, Sammy!
Sammy and Blitz tied for 46th place in the race. So maybe our fish wasn't the winner, but he tried! His journey ended 130.52 miles away from his destination. But in more exciting news, we have a new leader! Trigger has pulled ahead of Killer by about half a mile. Will he be able to hold onto the lead? Check back tomorrow to find out!
Taking a little breather
Looks like Sammy is resting right now, as he hasn't covered much distance since yesterday. We know the journey can be treacherous, so we don’t blame him for taking a breather. Maybe he’s taking a minute to remember his buddy Lulu, who was the first casualty of this migration. RIP Lulu.
Our boy has dropped a few spots in the rankings down to #13, but we’re not giving up on him! The leaderboard has Killer on top followed by Trigger and Sam Q. Newsfish. See all the rankings at www.survivethesound.org.
The race is on!
The race to #SurviveTheSound has begun! Team BothellCool and thousands of others across the Pacific Northwest have sponsored fish in the first ever endurance race for wild steelhead! We think our fish, Sammy, has what it takes to survive the trek through Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean, and we’ll be watching closely to see what challenges he encounters along the way.
Today Sammy is in a two-way tie for position 11. Yeah, that may not sound great, but he's competing against 47 other fish! He's 131 miles from the ocean, just over 20 miles behind the number one fish, Killer. We're rooting for you, Sammy!