Sea Trout
Sea Trout (Salmo trutta)
Sea Trout

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"Silver Ghosts - Sea Trout"
from a painting by David Miller
Features: Sea trout can be distinguished from salmon by more dark spots above and below the lateral line, a larger head and a less streamlined appearance. The tail is straight, unlike the v-shaped salmon tail and the maxillary bone of the sea trout extends beyond the eye.
Spawning: Unlike salmon, sea trout may spawn many times. They spawn in similar areas to salmon, usually 3 or 4 weeks earlier.
Fecundity: Adult sea trout can lay between 1,000 and 5,000 eggs. A large proportion of sea trout that return to fresh water after their first summer at sea are 'non-spawners'.
Longevity (age): Sea trout usually spend two or three years in fresh water and can spend up to six years feeding at sea returning each year to spawn.
Diet: Juveniles feed on a similar diet to juvenile salmon; seatrout at sea feed on a wide range of marine organisms including sandeels and sprat.
  Specimen Weight: 2.72 kg (6lbs)
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