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Jumping Sturgeon on the Suwannee River

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Published on Apr 24, 2014

They're baaaaaaaaaaack!
Gulf sturgeon make their annual migration back into the Suwannee River every spring in April and into May. Why the warning? These fish can grow to 8 feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds! In the past, people have been injured in accidental collisions with these large fish. These collisions aren't attacks. The fish are simply doing what they have been doing for millions of years... jumping. Going slow helps reduce the risk of impact and give boaters more reaction time if a jumping sturgeon is encountered. Boaters are encouraged to wear their life jackets at all times while on the water. To report sturgeon collisions, call 888-404-FWCC (3922). State and federal laws protect sturgeon, just like bald eagles, panthers and sea turtles, so the Gulf sturgeon can't be harvested.

More Info: http://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/s...

Sturgeon Photos on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/myfwcmed...

Caution! Jumping Sturgeon Video: http://youtu.be/aB-l57ruZOI

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