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Underwater cam offers views of sockeye in Steep Creek

Posted: July 22, 2013 - 12:06am

JUNEAU — A live, underwater camera is providing the perspective of salmon and other fish from a Juneau creek.

The view may not rival the action and drama of the bear cams from Katmai National Park and Preserve, but it does provide a unique perspective of fish from underwater.

The U.S. Forest Service camera is located at the mouth of Steep Creek, located at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center in Juneau.

The cam is nearing its peak of the season, with sockeye salmon arriving in large numbers in the middle of July, said U.S. Forest Service fisheries biologist Pete Schneider.

“We’re just getting to the prime time,” he said.

The camera is being livestream at this link on YouTube.

“You’ll see male and female sockeye vying for spawning territory, which will be fun,” Schneider said.

Besides the salmon, other species of fish that might swim by are Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout, maybe even beavers.

Schneider says you might even see the feet of bears as they walk through the creek, though it’s fleeting.

“They’re moving up and down the river all the time,” he said.

Later this fall, the camera will also catch Coho salmon during their run.

The camera is only operational a few months.

“We typically put it in in June, and we pull it out at the end of September,” he said.

The service operates another cam focused on a beaver den. That feed is currently being sent to monitors at the visitors center, but will eventually also be put onto the Internet once a second wireless relay is installed.

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