The life and death cycle of the Pacific Salmon has been an integral part of the ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest Ocean and rainforest for millions of years. When salmon spawn and die in the very streams they were born in, their bodies decay and are washed out to sea in the torrential rains that carpet the landscape. The carcasses go back into the food chain as nutrients for plankton that in turn feed juvenile salmon emerging from their parent streams. Life and death interconnected. Pretty cosmic, eh?