There are two groups of salmon. One group is known as the Atlantic salmon. They live in the North Atlantic Ocean located between North America and Europe. It travels up rivers that meet the sea on these two continents. The second group of salmon consists of five species of the Pacific salmon and is known to live in the North Pacific Ocean. They can be found residing in the ocean and rivers of the western North America and Eastern Asia. Some salmon also live in lakes. In fact, many reside in Michigan’s Great Lakes.
Salmon are anadromous fish which means that they spend most of their lives in freshwater and part of their lives in the saltwater of the ocean. Salmon hatch in streams and rivers and then swim out into the ocean where they eat and grow. When they mature and are ready to reproduce they swim back to the river or stream where they were born to lay their eggs.