Why Did The Salmon Cross The Road? To Continue This Bizarre Tradition

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« Why did the chicken cross the road? » This corny joke has plagued us for generations, but as it turns out, Washington State has an unusually fishy take on the age-old joke.

Each year during the months of November and December, local media can be found hovering around the Skokomish River in an attempt to catch a glimpse at the chum salmon making their annual spawning journey to lay their eggs. While we usually picture these fish bravely swimming upstream to their egg-laying spot, the fish in these parts do something a little crazier to get where they’re going.

As spawning season approaches, the Skokomish River often floods due to excessive rainfall, forcing large amounts of water into the adjacent streets.

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This overflow leads many salmon to cross the road, creating a spectacle that must be seen to be believed.

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The whole thing unfolds like a game of Frogger.

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