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Oncorhynchus gorbuscha

Pink salmon or humpback salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) is a species of fish in the salmon family. It is the smallest and most abundant of the Pacific salmon.

In the ocean, these fish are bright silver. However, after returning to their spawning streams, their coloring changes to pale grey on the back with a yellowish-white belly. (Some, however, turn an overall dull green color).

The fish displays a white mouth with black gums, no teeth on the tongue, large oval-shaped black spots on the back, a v-shaped tail, and an anal fin with 13-17 soft rays. During their spawning migration, males develop a pronounced humped back. They average 4.8 pounds (2.2 kg) in weight. The maximum recorded size was 30 inches (76 cm) and 15 pounds (6.8 kg).

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