One Giant Fishy Thing: A 100 Year Old Sturgeon in the Detroit River

Photo: Jason Fischer, USFWS

Federal scientists doing routine sturgeon population survey work in the Detroit River last week got a HUGE surprise when they encountered a 7 foot long, 100-year-old female sturgeon. More than half a million sturgeon lived in the Detroit River in the 19th century, NPR reported.  Now there are believed to be only about 7,000 because of overfishing and habitat loss, but the Detroit River’s water has vastly improved in recent decades.  The scientist pictured next to the fish above, Jennifer Johnson,  thinks this whopper of a catch has “captured so many people’s imaginations because of what it shows us about real-life magic.”  Or it’s just a freaky big fish!

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