Curious sight for motorists as salmon cross flooded road

Curious sight for motorists as salmon cross flooded road

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Curious sight for motorists as salmon cross flooded road

When a river spills its banks during a salmon run, the fish can become confused and veer off course.

The accompanying footage, captured Sunday in Washington State’s Mason County, shows several large salmon crossing a road in floodwater from the Skokomish River.

The fish are skittering against the current, their backs visible, seeming to reach a dead end at the other side of the road. Motorists, meanwhile, proceed with caution.

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The video was shared to Instagram by Terri Sue with the description: “Pacific Northwest where salmon swim across the road.” (The video was shared on Facebook by Q13 Fox.)

A man inside the vehicle with Sue can be heard saying, “I don’t want to run any over” as he drives slowly across the flooded section.

It’s not the first time this road has experienced a misdirected salmon run. A YouTube video showing a similar phenomenon in the fall of 2016 garnered more than 7 million views.

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