dVerse — majestic — Acipenser fulvescens (Lake Sturgeon)

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Lake sturgeon are a long‐lived species. They are the only sturgeon species endemic to the Great Lakes Basin and are the largest freshwater fish indigenous to this system. Lake sturgeon spawn in their natal rivers and prefer rocky areas in freshwater tributaries, usually along the outside bend of rivers as suitable spawning habitat.

These huge fish can measure six and a half feet (two meters) long and weigh close to 200 pounds (90 kilograms). Instead of scales, the lake sturgeon has coarse skin.

Despite their name, lake sturgeon are found in rivers as well as lakes. The fish’s range spans North America from the Hudson Bay to Mississippi River. This fish was once an abundant species in the ecosystems of the Great Lakes, but over harvesting has decreased its numbers.

Lake sturgeon feed along lake bottoms on small invertebrates, such as crayfish, snails, claims, and leeches.

Lake sturgeon migrate to shores of freshwater lakes in early summer for spawning. Female lay anywhere from two to three million eggs per season. Sturgeon may not begin spawning until they are 15 to 25 years old, and only spawn every four years on average.

These fish can live for decades. Males may reach 55 years, while females have been recorded living for 150 years.

Sturgeon can be seen porpoising—or jumping in the air—after entering a spawning stream.

Their evolution dates back to the Triassic period some 245 to 208 million years ago. Almost all species are highly threatened or vulnerable to extinction due to a combination of habitat destruction, overfishing, and pollution.

Kun rise clear water
Absent bends, blind poisons, spears,
Queen’s final winter.

I look at the lake sturgeon as the Kun fish, the ones that morph into dragons in Chinese mythology.  What will happen to us when dragons no longer rise to the sky?

data from National Wildlife Federation website  and wikipedia

Amaya is today’s host of dVerse.  Amaya says:
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31 Comments Add yours

  1. Such a wonderful fish… will humankind be the one that ends their reign of the rivers?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Like the trees, when the sturgeon go, we go.

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  2. So interesting Lisa! I really enjoyed that 🙂💕

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Christine, glad you enjoyed learning about these majestic fish.

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  3. Caviar comes from sturgeon.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      As far as I know, any fish egg can be considered caviar. There needs to be a moratorium on all sturgeon.

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  4. kanzensakura says:

    I love all the facts you presented and then, you mentioned the dragons of old. Wonderful juxtaposition. the sturgeon of the great lakes is a magnificent beast for sure.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Toni 🙂

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  5. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    We have sturgeon in the Columbia River. My grandfather fished for them in 1915, and they were plentiful. Today it is rare to sight one, or catch one. One of the reasons i/s the five huge dams n the river.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Man’s pathological compulsion to f*ck with Mother Nature, those dams. I was watching a Colbert Report segment talking about what terrible shape the nations dams are in. I hope they all crumble to dust.

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  6. rivrvlogr says:

    Enjoyed.
    I once had a six-foot sturgeon swim along side me as I drifted on the bottom of the Niagara River. It was a bit disconcerting to see a shadow on my right when I knew my dive buddy was attached to a line on my left.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Oh my that would be a bit nerve-wracking. That is truly amazing at the same time, Ken, to swim along side a sturgeon!

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  7. Frank Hubeny says:

    May we let them survive. Well described. A majestic fish.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, Frank, thank you, and yes.

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  8. Just Barry says:

    Interesting and sad to see humanity’s influence on these fish. Your words do them justice.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, it’s a tragedy in the making. Thank you, Barry.

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  9. memadtwo says:

    I like your image of a dragon fish. Our world and it’s stories become poorer with each species’ disappearance. (K)

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  10. badfinger20 says:

    Wow, that is a long life span for females…if they get the chance that is…

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  11. calmkate says:

    didn’t know about this majestic huge fish, thanks for sharing your knowledge 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You are very welcome. Efforts are being made to reintroduce them to rivers they’ve disappeared from, but with the other stressors it may not make a difference to their survival 😦

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      1. calmkate says:

        so said when we kill off a species …

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  12. Sadje says:

    Very interesting info on these fish. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje!

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Li.

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  13. It is a worthwhile question you pose: what will happen to us, or to anything really, when our choices reflect short-term profit or comfort over biodiversity and stewardship? Thank you for highlighting this majestic creature.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re very welcome, Amaya.

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  14. Wow, that is cetrainly majestic. I love the idea of the Kun fish – perhaps we should remember them as we pollute and destroy our waters. They will exact revenge…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sarah.

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  15. Truedessa says:

    Well let’s hope the dragons always continue to rise. A very informative post, we need to keep our waterways clean for the majestic creatures that reside below.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, Truedessa. Everything is connected on on Mother Earth…

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