How to distinguish pink salmon?

Natalya Chekanova
Natalya Chekanova
April 9, 2013
How to distinguish pink salmon?

Humpback salmon is a fish from the salmon family, which also includes salmon, chum salmon and others. Representatives of this family share some similarities, but still differ in appearance and taste. And how to distinguish pink salmon from the rest of the "family members"?

What does the pink salmon look like?

The main distinguishing feature of pink salmon can be derived from its name. The shape of the body of the fish is such that a pronounced hump is noticeable on the back (especially in males). The muzzle of the fish is pointed; scales are smaller than those of other salmonids. On the back and tail are many oval-shaped black spots.

On top of the pink or gray-silver hue, the abdomen is light. But this color is typical for fish caught in the sea. That it is considered the most delicious and healthy. When the pink salmon swims in the river to spawn, the color of its scales becomes yellowish. In this period, the taste of fish deteriorates. So, when you buy should pay attention to its color.

The average size of pink salmon is 40-60 cm, weight is 1.5-2 kg.

Pink salmon differs from their counterparts in more dry meat, with a low fat content.Therefore, it is suitable for dieters - the dishes are low-calorie. At the same time, pink salmon is very tasty and healthy, like other types of red fish.

Boy or girl

The pink salmon has delicious caviar (red), so many are interested in how to distinguish the female of the pink salmon from the male. After all, buying ungried fish, there is a chance to “catch” an additional bonus in the form of caviar.

The female of pink salmon has a more nondescript look compared to the male. She has not seen a sharp transition between the color of the back and abdomen, the spots are mild.

The male has a stronger hump, and the female's body has a more rounded shape. And the male muzzle is pointed, the teeth are larger. The head of the female is rounded and smaller in size.

You can look at the stomach. But remember: it can be convex in a male with milt. Therefore, pay attention to the color of the abdomen: the female with caviar will have a pinkish tint. Yes, and the hole on the stomach before spawning expands, it becomes reddish.

We hope our advice will help distinguish different members of the salmon family.