2004 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

29 June, 2002

A small Atlantic salmon caught in a river subjected to a unique scientific procedure known as bone dying. Using chemicals, the flesh is made clear and the bones are dyed red. This allows them to analyze the bone structure of young salmon. Based on this research they were able to prove that the release of Moth Prevention Agents into Scotland's rivers was causing bone deformation in juvenile Atlantic salmon.

About the photographer

Paul Nicklen

As a young boy, Paul Nicklen, a Canadian-born polar specialist and marine biologist, moved to Baffin Island and spent his childhood among the Inuit people. From them he learned t...

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