Sturgeon Facts

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atlantic-sturgeonSturgeon are among the oldest surviving groups of fish. Sturgeon fossils date back more than 150 million years.

There are 24 different species of sturgeon; all of which occur in the Northern Hemisphere.

The bodies of sturgeon are covered with rows of bony plates called “scutes.”

Sturgeon do not have teeth. They swallow their prey whole.

Sturgeon sometimes leap out of water and, in rare cases, land in boats.

A monster Atlantic Sturgeon caught in Canada measured 14 feet long and weighed 811 pounds.

Another Atlantic Sturgeon from the St. Lawrence River was estimated to be 60 years old.