Roadside Attraction: Salmon Cannon

fish cannonSo salmon, amiright? They’re crazy animals. Ever year they swim up a river and do their thing to make new little salmon. Sounds pretty simple right, a little swim up stream with the reward of sexy-time? I suppose it could be, up until they hit a dam or something that has been built up in their way since they came down.

So how does a simple salmon go about getting over a dam. Some places build special little rivers for the fish to swim around, others collect them manually and haul them up to the top. But now there’s another option. Why not shoot the fish over the dam in a pneumatic cannon? I vote for that.

The company behind the idea even has a rather silly name: Whooshh Innovations. But they are quite serious about their fish transport system. They recently worked with the Yakama Nation Fisheries to test the system over the Roza Dam.

I know next time I’m up there I will be making a detour to see fish getting fired over the dam. I hope that by then there’s a floating target on the uphill end so the fish have something to aim for on their way back down. Place your bets.

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