Prehistoric fish washes ashore in Connecticut

LYME, Conn. (WTNH) – A creature that’s been around for some 60 million years washed ashore recently on the banks of the Connecticut River.

“I ran home and got my iPhone and took some pictures,” said Carleen Gerber.

What Gerber would capture with her smartphone camera would be a five-foot Atlantic sturgeon, a rare sight in these waters, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

While the big fish does lay its eggs upstream, the species usually doesn’t stick around here, said Tom Savoy, a fisheries biologist with DEEP.

Savoy said the fish that washed ashore in Lyme was about 15-years-old. According to NOAA, Atlantic sturgeons have a lifespan of 60 years, can weigh up to 800 pounds and grow up to 14 feet.

And their eggs are highly regarded, as the unfertilized eggs of the female sturgeon is what makes caviar. But don’t get any ideas because the species is endangered and taking them is illegal.

Tina Detelj reporting

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