A U.S. fisheries and wildlife service was shocked by their lives when, while on patrol on the Detroit River, they rolled into a nearly 6-foot 10, 240-pound sturgeon, probably over 100 years old.
The fish, believed to be one of the largest ever caught in the United States, was found near Grosse Ile. The crew felt and released it back into the river.
“We’re trying to protect this fishery,” Justin Chiotti, an American fisheries and wildlife biologist, told the Detroit Free Press. “Everyone always catches a huge sturgeon. Everyone catches a 100 pound. But a fish of this size is very, very rare to catch.”
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The researchers estimated for the paper that the fish hatched in the Detroit River sometime in the 1920s, when Detroit was the fourth largest city in America. But they added, it’s a conservative guess. It’s probably even older.