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Gorgeous Aerial Shots of Some of the World’s Largest Salmon Runs


Jason Ching is a research scientist with the University of Washington’s Alaska Salmon Program who uses photos and videos to document wildlife, landscapes, and ongoing research in Alaska. He recently took a drone camera out to Iliamna Lake, the largest lake in Alaska, and captured hours of footage of sockeye salmon on their spawning grounds in one of the largest runs in recent history.

Ching combined some of the best shots into the absolutely gorgeous 5.5-minute video above, titled “Above Iliamna.”

P.S. This location in Alaska is at the center of an ongoing battle over the proposed Pebble mine. It’s estimated that there are mineral deposits in the area worth up to $500 billion, but opponents of the project say the environmental effects could be devastating.