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Salmon May Use Magnetic Field As a Navigational Aid

February 7, 2013

a red sockeye salmon The mystery of how salmon navigate across thousands of miles of open ocean to locate their river of origin before journeying upstream to spawn has intrigued biologists for decades. A new study suggests a correlation with changes in the intensity of the geomagnetic field. Full Story

Oregon State University

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