White sturgeon known as "living fossil"
By JESSICA GREENE
Updated 4:16 AM EDT, Sun, Mar 22, 2009
"Wow! Look at that!"
That's what the NBC Bay Area chopper pilot exclaimed when he spotted a colossal creature swimming through the south end of the San Francisco Bay this week.
The massive marine wonder slinking through the bay was a white sturgeon and we estimate it to be about 9 feet long.
Sturgeon are the largest freshwater fish in North America. They live in salt water but travel to fresh water to breed.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium calls the fish a "living fossil" and says they are one of the most popular and asked about fish among their exhibits. The marvelous giant has been around since the days of dinosaurs and even resembles one with its row of bony bumps protruding from its back.
Sturgeon can reach 13 feet or more and live to be over 100 years old. The bigge
Tags: Swimming, Dinosaur, Spotted, San Francisco, Bay, menderman
Location: San Francisco, California, United States (load item map)
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