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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 ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: likeasturgeon

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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To: DManA

7 posted on 04/11/2012 6:50:11 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.


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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To: NavyCanDo

Are they older or do they grow faster?


21 posted on 04/11/2012 7:16:05 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Rebelbase

That’s how I first read it too.


22 posted on 04/11/2012 7:24:42 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Onlyest thing is sturgeons don’t have scales.

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


23 posted on 04/11/2012 7:27:26 PM PDT by DManA
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To: 2111USMC

I went back to re-read it when I got to the part that said it was a big a linebacker.

That’s one big linebacker.


24 posted on 04/11/2012 7:31:18 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: DManA

I have read that apparently some fish don’t seem to have an upper limit to their lives once they become large enough to be at the top of the food chain in their environment, and no disease, injury or toxin gets to them. Supposedly, there were one-ton catfish in the Mississippi River when the early settlers arrived. That may have worked out to several hundred years of age.


25 posted on 04/11/2012 7:32:14 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: DManA

7’ 3”, 240? It’ll end up a Kentucky Wildcat.


26 posted on 04/11/2012 7:33:11 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: carriage_hill

please do not question the government . now go back about your business


27 posted on 04/11/2012 7:34:50 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: DManA; girlangler

Wow! Girl, you’re going to want to see this.


28 posted on 04/11/2012 7:36:31 PM PDT by Grammy
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To: 2111USMC

If you read REALLY fast it was 3,240,125 lbs. ggg


29 posted on 04/11/2012 7:38:32 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA
It must be very expensive for a 7-foot-3, 240-pound, 125-year-old sturgeon to get malpractice insurance.
30 posted on 04/11/2012 8:01:34 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

WI Ping

Sturgeon Recalled From Lake Near Shawano.


31 posted on 04/11/2012 8:32:58 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("Liberalism lives in a gated community surrounded by a mote." R.H.Limbaugh 4-3-2012)
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To: carriage_hill

By examining the spine in the pectoral fin the age of the fish can be determined. A thin section of the spine is cut and examined under a magnifying scope. Visible in the section are rings, somewhat like the growth rings in a tree trunk. By counting the rings, biologists can determine the age of the fish.

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/hinckley/rivers/sturgeonstudy.html

In dead fish that have decomposed they examine the otoliths and count the rings. They can age them to the day using this method in some species.


32 posted on 04/11/2012 8:55:10 PM PDT by free me (heartless)
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To: DManA

Thought sturgeons were like catfish, no scales.

How do you age a fish with no scales?

Alligator Gar get bigger than that in less/fewer years. But they have scales. And they can get hugh, I am series


33 posted on 04/11/2012 9:38:28 PM PDT by waterhill (I Shall Remain. FUBO: GOD BLESS DICK CHENEY! D.C. FOREVER!)
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To: carriage_hill
How do you tell the age of a fish?

In Wisconsin it's easy. They just checked its voting record. It's been a good Democrat.

34 posted on 04/11/2012 10:12:27 PM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: TheConservativeParty; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ...

Wisconsin Big Fish ping

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


35 posted on 04/11/2012 10:29:32 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Joe 6-pack

I have had both red and black caviar...they both taste like salty BB’s.


36 posted on 04/11/2012 10:50:44 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: free me

Thanks; that’s very enlightening. I never knew it. I always thought it was a size vs growth “educated” guess, or something along those lines. Can they do that with ancient human remains, too? Or is it carbon dating the bone/fossils?


37 posted on 04/12/2012 3:37:59 AM 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: sjmjax

LOL! Makes perfect sense to me.


38 posted on 04/12/2012 3:38:38 AM 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: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; phantomworker; joesnuffy; ..
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39 posted on 04/12/2012 5:17:16 AM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: carriage_hill
How do you tell the age of a fish?

It told the DNR pointyheads its memories of being caught and released by a teenaged Helen Thomas.

40 posted on 04/12/2012 6:10:29 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: carriage_hill

You’re welcome. Your post made me curious so I looked it up!

I don’t know how it works with humans.


41 posted on 04/12/2012 6:51:53 AM PDT by free me (heartless)
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To: JRios1968

a really a-n-c-i-e-n-t critter, then! LOL!


42 posted on 04/12/2012 7:10:08 AM 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: The Antiyuppie
I have read that apparently some fish don’t seem to have an upper limit to their lives once they become large enough to be at the top of the food chain in their environment, and no disease, injury or toxin gets to them. Supposedly, there were one-ton catfish in the Mississippi River when the early settlers arrived. That may have worked out to several hundred years of age.

You would think that scientist who study longevity would study these fish to find out what their secret is. Not only is she 125 years old but still releasing eggs!!!

43 posted on 04/12/2012 8:44:30 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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