One of the oldest living species of fish added to Flint Riverquarium
June 21, 2006
Albany - Some unusual fish, that once thrived in the Flint River, are on display at the Flint Riverquarium. The aquarium recently added three Atlantic sturgeon to the blue hole.
They're among the oldest living species of fish and have retained pre-historic looking features. Sturgeon once migrated from the Gulf of Mexico the Flint River to spawn, but not anymore.
"Before the dam was built in Bainbridge to form Lake Seminole at the confluence of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, these ocean going fish used to migrate up the rivers. It was not uncommon for fisherman to catch one," said Director Doug Noble. "We're showing the impact of man as they undertake dam projects and other kinds of activities, that are seemingly harmless but acutally do have an effect on the environment."
Atlantic sturgeons can live up to 75 years. Adults can grow up to 12 feet and weigh as much as 800 pounds.
Sturgeon, like catfish, are bottom dwellers. They feed on mollusks, worms, snails, shrimp and insect larvae.