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Aquarium Publishes Book Documenting Southern California Steelhead

Aquarium Publishes Book Documenting Southern California Steelhead
Juvenile rainbow trout.  | NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center Salmon Ecology Team

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May 20, 2014

Against the Currents book coverThe Aquarium has published a book co-authored by historian John G. “Tom” Tomlinson, Jr. and Aquarium staff members. Against the Currents: The Unlikely Story of the Southern California Steelhead gathers historical information about Southern California steelhead and its habitats. This fish species has shown resilience in the face of the region’s changing watersheds, rainfall levels, and manmade infrastructure.

The book is being released in conjunction with the debut of a new permanent exhibit at the Aquarium, Southern California Steelhead Story. Located outdoors near the Watershed area, this exhibit communicates the history of local waterways and tells the story of steelhead and their importance in the local ecosystem as well as in Southern Californian culture.

Steelhead begin their lives as rainbow trout. For reasons unknown, some migrate from their freshwater habitats to the ocean and make the physical transformation into steelhead. The exhibit is currently home to several dozen rainbow trout and is divided into separate tanks. Aquarium staff members will adjust factors like salinity in these tanks in an attempt to stimulate some of the trout to transform into steelhead.

Against the Currents is available for sale in the Pacific Collections gift store and in the Aquarium’s web store.

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