This is the place to learn about Fishy McFishface and his friends' journey as they try to make it to the finish line! Statistically, only 20% of juvenile salmon survive this migration. There are 48 fish in this race...who's your pick to win?
May 6 / Day 1
The race is on!
The race to #SurviveTheSound has begun! Team Go Bothell and thousands of others across the Pacific Northwest have sponsored fish in the second annual endurance race for wild steelhead! We think our team mascot, Fishy McFishface, has what it takes to survive the trek through Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean, and we’ll be watching his migration closely to see what challenges he encounters along the way.
On Day 1 of the race, Fishy McFishface is claiming third place out of a whopping 48 fish! He began about 12 miles northwest of Shelton (Mason County) and has quickly made his way north of Bangor towards the Hood Canal Bridge, to catch up with Utilifish and Empowerfish. He's less than 63 miles from his destination, but will be be able to make it past the Hood Canal Bridge without becoming someone's snack? Check back tomorrow for another update!
May 7 / Day 2
We're in the lead!
And just like that, our Fishy McFishface conquered the Hood Canal Bridge and made it to the other side! He's now in the lead and has less than 40 miles to the finish line at Clallam Bay. We don't want to jinx anything, but it's looking very promising for him!
Coder and Boom are a close second and third, but we're not worried. We believe Fishy McFishface has what it takes. Check in with us again tomorrow to see if we can officially call the race!
May 8 / Day 3
We are sooooooo close!
Fishy McFishface is still in the lead on Day 3 of the Survive the Sound race, with a mere 18 miles left to the finish line! He’s being followed closely by Coder and BackJack, who also have a promising chance of making it all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
At this stage in the race, it’s important to pay tribute to those not-so-fortunate fish whose journeys ended long before the finish line. RIP to these 17 silvery friends: Blitz, Bubbles, Goldie, Little Red, Neptune, Puget Pounder, Rainbow, Salmon Ella, Scifi, Sea Slough, Sergeant Snackbar, Speedy, Steely, Stormy, Sushi, Swedish, and Willy. You guys swam a good swim.
Want to check out what it’s like to be a steelhead trying to get past the Hood Canal Bridge? Go to www.survivethesound.org and take a look at the tracking pattern for Empowerfish. It looks exhausting!
May 9 / Day 4
WE SURVIVED THE SOUND!
Congratulations to the second place winner – our spokesfish for Team Go Bothell – Fishy McFishface! He shares the winners’ podium with BackJack and Coder. Thank you, Bothell, for voting for Fishy as our mascot this year. You know how to pick ‘em!
Fishy’s migration to the Pacific Ocean has ended, but there are still a handful of his friends trying to make it. Out of the 48 fish that began this race, 3 made it to the ocean, 4 are pretty close to the finish line, 9 are in tough spots but aren’t calling it quits, and the remaining 32 died along the way. Who knew being a steelhead could be so challenging? Learn more about the obstacles they face and ways you can help Long Live the Kings restore wild salmon and steelhead at www.lltk.org.
May 10 / Day 5
Celebrating the survivors and remembering the fallen
It’s the final day of Survive the Sound! First, the good news: Fishy McFishface made it to the Pacific Ocean yesterday! And now, the bad news: Out of all 48 fish who began this race, only 7 lived long enough to make it to the ocean. That's an 85% mortality rate. Yikes!
Why didn't more fish make it to the ocean?
Scientists are looking into reasons why so many of these fish are dying, but we know one of the reasons is that they have to navigate through some pretty contaminated waters that are plagued with disease. Just like people, when fish are unhealthy, they slow down. This makes them an easy meal for predators. Less than 10% of the steelhead population that existed 100 years ago remains today. Low salmon populations can cause deeper issues within the surrounding ecosystem.
We have a long way to go in terms of restoring our wild steelhead and salmon populations, but there are simple things you can do to help. It starts with keeping pollution out of our local streams. Practice natural yard care. Pick up after your pet. Use a commercial car wash. Fix vehicle leaks. Remember that anything that goes down a storm drain eventually makes its way – untreated – to Puget Sound. That’s why we ask for nothing but rain down the drain, please! Find lots of ways you can help at www.bothellwa.gov/pugetsound.
The survivors and the not-so-survivors
Congrats to these incredible survivors: Anthony’s King Tony, BackJack, Bodhi, Boom, Coder,
, and Pierre 59.
And may the rest of your fishy souls swim freely in the great big ocean beyond:
April, Blitz, Bruce, Bubbles, Dawg Paddle, Eddy Gar, Empowerfish, Gill Kerlikowske, Goldie, Hot Shot, Jaws, Killer, Little Red, Lulu, Lunchbox, Mackerel, Micro, Neptune, Ocean Magic, PacSockeye, Puget Pounder, Rainbow, Salmon Ella, Sam Q Newsfish, Sammy, Scifi, Sea Slough, Sergeant Snackbar, Seven-Fishy-Seven, skʷawǝľ, Speedy, Steely, Stormy, Sushi, Swedish, The Swiss, Utilifish, Venti, Vulcarp, Willy, and Woody.
We’ll follow a new set of young steelhead next May when the next Survive the Sound race begins. Join us again next time!