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Heartbeat Hatching

Raising salmon eggs in 5th grade
I thought I’d seen it all while following salmon migration from the ocean to Idaho. Then I visited with 5th graders and they showed me the one shot I don’t have for my film. The heartbeat of a hatching fish. Salmon eggs growing at Donnelly Elementary School come from fish I followed over the summer. The Nez Perce Tribe collected them. The eggs are safer in class than they are in the wild, but they don’t know that.
          "They won't swim to the top for food like trout do," says 11-year-old Maddy. “They stay on the bottom and wait for the food to sink because they’re scared.”
          video credit: Deirdre Abrams-Donnelly Elementary School