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Wisconsin DNR tags 7-foot-3, 240-pound, 125-year-old sturgeon
Duluth News Triubune ^ | April 11, 2012 | : Associated Press report

Posted on 04/11/2012 6:40:42 PM PDT by DManA

SHAWANO, Wis. — The state Department of Natural Resources has tagged a 125-year-old sturgeon that's the size of a football linebacker and is the largest on record in Wisconsin.

Officials found the 7-foot-3-inch long, 240-pound female sturgeon in the Wolf River near Shawano on Tuesday, DNR sturgeon biologist Ron Bruch said. He estimated the fish was born around 1887, when Grover Cleveland was president.

(Excerpt) Read more at duluthnewstribune.com ...


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1 posted on 04/11/2012 6:40:50 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

How do you tell the age of a fish? Just wondering.


2 posted on 04/11/2012 6:42:45 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: carriage_hill

I think they probably estimate based on size with a known approximate growth rate.


3 posted on 04/11/2012 6:45:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: carriage_hill

That is an obvious question but for some reason AP reporters never ask the obvious questions.


4 posted on 04/11/2012 6:46:20 PM PDT by DManA
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To: carriage_hill
Some fish scales have bands much like tree rings...


5 posted on 04/11/2012 6:47:01 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Did they need to cut it in half to count the rings or bands??


6 posted on 04/11/2012 6:49:59 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!")
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7 posted on 04/11/2012 6:50:11 PM PDT by DManA
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Idiot writer, fish are not born! Sheesh, didn’t these people go to school at all, ever? It’s a FISH, not a mammal.


8 posted on 04/11/2012 6:52:46 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I know some fish have a bone inside their heads that grow like that with every year. In this case I’m assuming they used another method.


9 posted on 04/11/2012 6:53:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: ottbmare

They fired all the editors.


10 posted on 04/11/2012 6:55:29 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Idiot writer, fish are not born! Sheesh, didn’t these people go to school at all, ever? It’s a FISH, not a mammal.


11 posted on 04/11/2012 6:56:22 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: ThomasThomas
Nope...it just requires the removal of a few scales (technically, it could be done with just one)...


12 posted on 04/11/2012 6:57:07 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: ottbmare

I’m pretty sure that sturgeon lay eggs but some fish and reptiles give birth to live young. (they have eggs but they mature and hatch inside the body before birth.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oviparity


13 posted on 04/11/2012 6:57:56 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Over to Post #5. I had no idea.


14 posted on 04/11/2012 6:58:01 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

W-o-w, Joe. I had no idea. Thanks. That 125yr-old fish must have either very tight rings or very large scales.


15 posted on 04/11/2012 6:59:36 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: cripplecreek
"I know some fish have a bone inside their heads that grow like that with every year."

Some democrats, too :-)

16 posted on 04/11/2012 7:00:56 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: carriage_hill
"That 125yr-old fish must have either very tight rings or very large scales."

I suspect both :-) As you might guess, just like tree rings, the annular rings on a fish's scales will tell you quite a bit about that fish's years. If you look at the scales of a farm raised fish that has a steady diet and relatively controlled environment, the rings will tend to be very evenly spaced and regular, whereas a fish from the wild will tend to reflect the lean and fat, cold and warm years with more uneven bands.

17 posted on 04/11/2012 7:05:55 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: DManA

Our Washington/Oregon Sturgeons could swallow this one whole.

The Pacific White Sturgeon caught in Washington’s Columbia River can reach 20ft and nearly 2000 pounds.


18 posted on 04/11/2012 7:05:54 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: cripplecreek
"I’m pretty sure that sturgeon lay eggs..."

They most certainly do...


19 posted on 04/11/2012 7:08:37 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: DManA

First read of the title:

Wisconsin DNR tags 7-foot- 3,240-pound, 125-year-old sturgeon

That’s one big fish.


20 posted on 04/11/2012 7:14:52 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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