‘Safety in numbers’ tactic keeps Pacific salmon safe from predators

A new study that leverages historical data has found unique support for a ‘safety in numbers’ strategy, where Pacific salmon living in larger groups have a lower risk of being eaten by predators. But for some salmon species, schooling comes at the cost of competition for food, and those fish may trade safety for a meal.A new study that leverages historical data has found unique support for a ‘safety in numbers’ strategy, where Pacific salmon living in larger groups have a lower risk of being eaten by predators. But for some salmon species, schooling comes at the cost of competition for food, and those fish may trade safety for a meal.

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