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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:
Write a poem in whichever form you see fit to do justice to your version of “majestic.”

31 thoughts on “dVerse — majestic — Acipenser fulvescens (Lake Sturgeon)

  1. 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. 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.


  2. 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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  3. 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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