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Flying Salmon - Pike Place Fish Market - Seattle WA

World famous, the mongers at the Pike Place Fish Market, are adept at throwing salmon for customers.

This daily activity of ‘fish throwing’ is a highlight to any visit to the Pike Place Market.  A few years ago there was quite a stir around town because animal rights activists said these employees were disrespecting the remains of the dead, dead salmon that is. During the few weeks of heated rhetoric on both sides, the mongers spot on tossing capabilities never waned. They are still spot on these days. When a customer orders a salmon the mongers toss one to another behind the counter for wrapping. Truth is, the salmon they toss all day is the same two or three fish, not the actual one purchased by the customer. At the end of the day the several large salmon are donated to the Woodland Park Zoo, to feed some of the animals there.

Many people when visiting Seattle want to see these guys toss a 20# salmon so they can take pictures. Of course, the tourists aren’t the only ones hoping for that brilliant shot. I’ve been patiently served a number of times, these guys would toss the fish for me to shoot. I just can’t seem to get the right shutter speed to catch the fish crisply in mid flight. They’ve been kind enough several times to toss a half dozen volleys before I say ‘Got it! Thank you!’ But in truth, I don’t have the heart to say I don’t have it. I’m still working on that perfect shot… In fact I may head to the Market this morning, perhaps perfection will happen today!

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