I immediately thought of this picture I took of a white sturgeon when I saw that this week’s photo challenge at Traveling at Wits End was Something that Doesn’t Belong.
In this photo, taken at the High Desert Museum, a young white sturgeon is surrounded by trout. It doesn’t quite fit in.
You might think this odd fish looks prehistoric and you’d be right. Sturgeon existed 200 million years ago, during the Jurassic period.
Though most sturgeon live 11-34 years, they have been known to live up to 104 years (!) They grow to an average length of 6.9 feet and sometimes grow to a length of 20 feet. The maximum weight recorded was 1,799 pounds. In fact, they are North America’s largest fish. So the fish in the picture may look small now, but it has a lot of growing to do!
12 thoughts on “White Sturgeon – A square peg fish: WPC”
Great shot! 🙂 Check out Ohio Fish Rescue sometime on YouTube if you have a chance.
Thanks! I’ll watch the videos soon. Having some internet issues due to the snow.
Fascinating – a living relic!
Yes, they are! 😀
Interesting, amazing fish
Yes, they are!
Looks kind of brownish gray
It’s a young one whose color will change as it matures.
Many years ago, one swam under the rowboat I was in, and it’s size amazed me. It truly looked as if it was from another world! An article about it in the local newspaper had been published a short time before I saw the real thing, and I felt as it swam by it was to corroborate what I had read.
Cool! I would have liked to have seen that.
Great choice of subject for this challenge! It certainly does look prehistoric.
Yes, they do!