Large fish washes ashore along Delaware River
Updated On: Apr 16 2014 06:43:43 AM CDT
A recent discovery along the Delaware River has people intrigued.
Greg Murphy, a fisheries biologist with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, said the carcass of an adult Atlantic sturgeon washed ashore and someone discovered it just north of Easton it over the weekend.
The fish is an endangered species.
"The homeowner was down by his dock apparently and was doing some work and the fish had, he discovered it on a gravel sand beach area that he has by his property," Murphy explained.
Murphy said the fish, believed to be a male, measured 6 feet, 3 inches long.
Murphy estimates the fish was about 12 to 14 years old.
He said Atlantic sturgeon can live as long as 60 to 65 years.
He also said the fish had no tags, no injuries and the cause of death is unclear.
"We are aware of other reports of Atlantic sturgeon being in that reach of the river but it's particularly unusual to find an adult of this size that far up river this early in spring," said Murphy.
He added, "We collected a small piece of fin tissue for genetic analysis which will be done at a later date to determine the origin of the fish, if it truly was a Delaware River stock."
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