A group of fishermen fought tirelessly for more than two hours to capture a massive white sturgeon, measuring over 3 meters in length and estimated to be at least 100 years old. It was no easy feat, but their unwavering determination paid off in the end.
A group of fishermen in British Columbia, Canada made an impressive catch recently. They caught a massive white sturgeon that was over 3 meters long. What’s more, the sturgeon is believed to be at least 100 years old. The stunning creature is definitely a sight to behold!
Steve Ecklund and Mark Boise went on a fishing trip with River Monster Adventures guides, Nick McCabe and Tyler Speed, near Lillooet, British Columbia on June 19th. The group came across a colossal aquatic animal during their expedition, and it took them over two hours to catch it and bring it aboard their boat.
The team employed sonar technology to scan the river currents and successfully caught a sturgeon. River Monster Adventures’ representatives were surprised to find out that the sturgeon was not tagged, which led them to believe that it could be the first sighting of this kind of sturgeon. The creature was measured to be an impressive 307 centimeters long, with a girth circumference of 145 centimeters.
Once the sturgeon was caught and snapped, the anglers followed the rules of British Columbia and set it free into the wilderness. If someone violates these regulations, they can face serious consequences. According to specialists, sturgeon can lay up to 3 million eggs per spawning season, but they only breed every few years. Due to the present threats, sturgeon’s natural population cannot recover quickly.
According to Mr. Ecklund, a member of the fishing team, this catch is the biggest ever made by the company and looks like a creature from prehistoric times.
The White sturgeon is well-known for being the largest freshwater fish found in North America. These creatures can grow up to 4.3 meters long and weigh up to 680 kilograms. The Lower Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society has reported that they can live for over 150 years, making them one of the longest-living freshwater species. However, their population is in decline in British Columbia and California due to habitat destruction and loss of food sources. Poaching is also a major issue, especially as sturgeon eggs are highly sought after in the black market. As a result, sturgeon have been classified as a species at risk by the Canadian Wild Species at Risk Council, with the exception of the Lower Fraser River population, which is listed as “threatened.”