Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dead Sturgeon

Milton paddling by the sturgeon for scale. (Dead fish above bow)

The fish was so large that it seemed like an old mattress.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Harry - Where did you see this sturgeon? I am a sturgeon biologist in NY and keep track of where dead ones are found. Thanks

10:33 AM  
Blogger Harry Spitz said...

This photo was taken on the Manhattan side of the Hudson at about 120th St on May 30th 2009.
The fish was about 6 ft long. We saw another smaller (Maybe 4 ft long) dead sturgeon nearby later that day. Any idea what could have killed them?

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Harry. Tough to say. Could be a number of things such as natural causes,bycatch mortality, hit by a boat or an array of other things. Did you take pics of the other one too? Reason I ask is that there are 2 species of sturgeon. That one is definitely an Atlantic sturgeon, based on size alone. The other one could have been a shortnose sturgeon which is listed as endangered.

11:54 AM  
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