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North Carolina State University

American Shad after Spawning

Caption: American shad swim upstream in freshwater rivers to spawn. The fish don't feed while spawning, leading to significant weight loss (as seen here). Anything that delays their spawning journey can cause shad to lose so much weight that they die.

Credit: Joshua Raabe

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