Head of Sturgeon

« Back to Okefenokee Swamp-Blackwater Country, April, 1992 National Geographic Magazine

Head of a sucker mouthed Gulf sturgeon caught in a net for research that did not survive. The prehistoric fish, a threatened species, migrate from the Gulf of Mexico to the Suwannee River in the spring for spawning and remain there all summer. <br />
From the fossil record, sturgeons have been traced back 200 million years. <br />
Sturgeons make their presence known by jumping six feet out of the water on summer evenings. With adults reaching eight feet long and 200 pounds, they make quite a splash.
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Head of a sucker mouthed Gulf sturgeon caught in a net for research that did not survive. The prehistoric fish, a threatened species, migrate from the Gulf of Mexico to the Suwannee River in the spring for spawning and remain there all summer.
From the fossil record, sturgeons have been traced back 200 million years.
Sturgeons make their presence known by jumping six feet out of the water on summer evenings. With adults reaching eight feet long and 200 pounds, they make quite a...
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