A large sturgeon caught final week has seemingly been swimming in a Michigan river since earlier than the Great Depression.
The fish caught in the Detroit River can be one of the largest lake sturgeons ever recorded in the United States, in accordance with the Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. Dubbed a “river monster,” it weighed 240 kilos and measured 6 ft, 10 inches lengthy.
Officials say that primarily based on the sturgeon’s dimension, it has seemingly been in the river for greater than 100 years. If the fish was born in 1921, it shared a delivery yr with Prince Phillip, astronaut and senator John Glenn and former First Lady Nancy Reagan.
The sturgeon was shortly launched again into the river after it was measured, officials say. A photograph posted by the conservation workplace exhibits one of its employees members laying beside the huge fish.
Female sturgeons like the one caught in Detroit have been recorded to dwell 150 years, in accordance with the National Wildlife Federation. Once ample in the Great Lakes, they had been declared a threatened species in Michigan in 1994.
Sturgeons are known as the “Giant of the Great Lakes” however regardless of their dimension, they’re docile in nature, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service mentioned.