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'Monster fish' thought to be extinct washes ashore

'Monster Fish' Thought to Be Extinct Washes Ashore

A monster fish found along the Connecticut River may mean a species once thought to be extinct is back, FOXCT reports.

A 7-foot Atlantic Sturgeon washed up in Lyme ... why it died is still a mystery, but the biggest question is why it was 8 miles up the river from the mouth of the Long Island Sound.

Atlantic Sturgeon native to Connecticut were believed to be wiped out due to over-fishing.

Even though the D.E.E.P ( Connecticut's Department of Energy & Environmental Protection) said it was a female, at least 12 years old, carrying eggs, the sturgeon was still too young to actually lay its eggs.

If baby Atlantic Sturgeon are actually discovered in the river, that would be the sign marine scientists need to prove that that type of fish is making a comeback.

"That would be like the holy grail, finding evidence of that again," Tom Savoy, a D.E.E.P. Fisheries Biologist, said.

The D.E.E.P. believes tissue samples will help prove if the Atlantic Sturgeon found in Lyme is unique to the Connecticut River, or if it's just part of another population from a river outside the state.

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ejs.stahl May 02 2014 at 5:19 PM

It truly is a sad commentary about modern society when so many belittle and ridicule a finding of this nature. While the discovery of a single specimen from a species once considered extinct is not an indication of a viable population, much less a "come-back," the discovery ought to provide a reminder concerning the deterioration of our living planet. The fact it does not indicates the extent to which humans have become isolated from the natural world. That isolation, if continued and accelerated, can lead to but one outcome for our planet. So please, make time to get out of your cubicles, automobiles and domiciles and visit our remaining, undisturbed wilderness. Perhaps then we can begin to reverse this free-fall into desolation of the Earth.

David Sabaj-Stahl

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maryanne ejs.stahl May 02 2014 at 5:30 PM

And the rest of the world could care less ie Japan overfishing Russia overfishing anyone can name more than me. Who cares but us. Lets fish off us territorial waters. Fish can't read maps we can't enforce it so they just overfishing. Pls if it's not one species of fish it wil be another..

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lc5401 May 02 2014 at 3:06 PM

They are a yummy fish.

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yamel86 May 02 2014 at 3:04 PM

Maybe the fish just made a wrong turn. It happens to us all.

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pvmcmullin May 02 2014 at 2:58 PM

What does the photograph and the story have to do with each other. One is about flooding and one is about a fish. They both start with the letter F?

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prosymom pvmcmullin May 02 2014 at 3:26 PM

That specific type of sturgeon was thought to be extinct, but apparently is not...reread the story.

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grimstories May 02 2014 at 2:58 PM

Sturgeon are extinct?

Uh, no...

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choodot43 May 02 2014 at 4:24 PM

Once again....AOL News with an inaccurate/false headline. No one has ever thought this fish to be extinct, they are rare and making a comeback. The James River up to the falls of Richmond has many sitings over the years. It is misleading headlines from AOL News that has had me named this service "National Enquirer Lite"

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zannedon7 May 02 2014 at 2:51 PM

Sad that any fish, fowl, or animal is extinct because of human's misuse.

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smscbreb zannedon7 May 02 2014 at 3:38 PM

WOW... Really?? "Human's misuse"? How do you know that, or at least, tell me WHAT makes you think that?? Seriously.. because even tho Huffinpuffin's news stories are very often mistakes, or totally lies, I didnt see where they were EVEN ACCUSING people of being the REASON that they don't find them in the Conneticut area in awhile....firstly, there's NO evidence of extinction, or of even 'expecting' to become endangered..for certain.. it's(1) one City's river?? But they haven't even found the reason for the seemingly 'threatened' opinions that are being put out there right now......really.

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allenhollowell May 02 2014 at 2:49 PM

sturgeon live in the rivers of N.C. about the size of a dolphin.

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Aureatia allenhollowell May 02 2014 at 3:25 PM

And larger

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robbin49 May 02 2014 at 2:49 PM

They're not extinct. Very endangered would be a better discription. Seen many in the James River in Richmond, Va. where they have made quite the comeback.

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Aureatia robbin49 May 02 2014 at 3:30 PM

I think the point they were trying to make, which is very skewed. Is that the Atlantic Sturgeon they claim were/are native to Connecticut were thought to have been extinct. Finding this female, though dead, disproves that notion!

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sueb817 May 02 2014 at 3:23 PM

"...virgin sturgeon need no urgin' --
that's why caviar is my dish!"

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