New York Aquarium Receives 5 Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon to Educate Public About Its Extinction Prevention
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Each sturgeon is between five and six feet in length and weights more than 120 pounds. They are identified by their rows of bony scutes, or plates, on their bodies and they have a downward-facing, tube-like mouth used to detect their prey.
"The Atlantic sturgeon is an amazing fish that was once central to the identity of the Hudson and Delaware rivers,” said Jon Forrest Dohlin, WCS Vice President and Director of the New York Aquarium. “In past centuries, the species was a big part of New York State’s regional trade in sturgeon meat and caviar. Of course, things have changed, and conservationists in New York and elsewhere are now committed to saving this imperiled species.”