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EULACHON

The eulachon, also known as oolakan and candlefish, is a small (12 to 15 inches), salt water fish found along the northwest coast of North America. They are related to smelt, and are used primarily as a food fish. But eulachon also have another unique use by Alaskan and north west U.S. Native Americans. The fish are so oily that a thin strip of bark can be inserted into the dried fish and used as a candle or torch.

 


 

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