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Large sturgeon spotted in Hudson River

Mar 11, 2019 12:03 am
Joseph Spector reports at LoHud.com that researchers last June spotted a 14-foot sturgeon, probably weighing 800 pounds and 80 to 90 years old, in the Hudson River. John Madsen, a University of Delaware geologist used sonar equipment near Hyde Park in Dutchess County to spot the large fish. "It was amazing," Madsen said March 8. "When we first saw it, I said, ‘That’s unbelievable.’" The endangered sturgeon has been near extinction in the river. The Atlantic sturgeon spawn in May through early July in the Hudson River, according to National Geographic, which first reported on the findings March 7. Usually, though, the fish are only about three feet to ten feet long. "These fish are still a long way off from recovery, and we must remember they are still endangered," said George Jackman, the habitat restoration manager for Riverkeeper, the environmental group. "This is why we still move forward to protect these fish." Read the full story at LoHud.com.