Alevin are Emerging!

Stafford third graders are proud to announce the arrival of the alevin!
Here’s a peek at the second stage in the life cycle of salmon. The eyed eggs have hatched into alevin with bright orange “lunch sacs” still attached to their bodies. Inside each yolk sac is a mixture of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.  It’s an amazing diet for these tiny alevin! They will not leave the protection of the rocky gravel until their yolk sacs are used up. At that time, they will emerge as fry.
We will watch and observe our newly born alevin over the next month. It will be exciting to note how they grow and gain strength at this stage. We will release them to the Willamette river to complete their journey after this stage is completed. We invite our friends and families to take a peek at our newly hatched alevin located in the aquarium set up outside the Room 2 and 3 classrooms.
What are your thoughts and observations about the alevin that have hatched with their yolk sacs still attached?

15 thoughts on “Alevin are Emerging!

  1. Dear Mrs. Fordyce,
    The Alevin is my favorite stage in the Salmon life cycle because they still have the sack on their bellies. It is so cool that the Alevin do not have to go out of the gravel to get food. I am so excited to see them become fry.

    From,
    Henry

  2. Dear Mrs. Fordyce and the Ranches,
    I can’t believe they they are already Alevin!
    I can’t wait to see them as fry.
    Best regards,
    Mandy

  3. They’re so cool!Now that their all hatched. But they don’t move at all.
    they are just a little bigger then when I last saw them.

    from: Elie :)

  4. Dear Mrs. Fordyce and the Ranchers,
    I can’t believe they are already Alevin!😊
    I can’t wait to see them as fry.

    Best regards,
    Mandy

  5. Dear Ms. Fordyce and Ranchers,
    It is so cool that the alevin have hatched! It’s so funny to watch them pile up. If you look very closely, you can see that they have little tails, but it’s very hard to see.
    Love, Molly

  6. Dear Mrs. Fordyce and the Ranchers,

    I can’t believe they are already alevin! I’m excited to see them as fry and release them into the river!

    Best Regards,
    Mandy

  7. Dear Mrs. Fordcye and the nice ranchers
    I am proud to say that the alevin are here and that is very cool. Molly, Henry, Carter, and me all saw the alevin hatching from the eggs it was so cool ! Alevin are so tiny and little. This is the second stage in the salmon life cycle.
    From Emmie

  8. Dear Mrs. Fordyce and the ranchers,
    It is so cool that they are alevin now! I cant wait to see them go in to the
    river! I’m so exited! We will miss them but we cant keep them forever!

    From Cade

  9. Dear Ms Fordyce,

    I think the alevin are more red than I thought. I think the alevin are very cute. I think the salmon are going to live in the Willamette river in front of my house.

    toodle loo
    Siena

  10. Dear the Ranchers and Mrs. Fordyce

    I was amazed that how the Salmon eggs changed in to alevin. It was so cool to see how big the yolk sacs were.

    from Ryan [:

    • Dear Mia,
      I loved that you took the time to write on our blog! It looks like you are having a great year. What are you liking best about fourth grade?
      Mrs. Fordyce

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