Wisconsin DNR discovers 125-year-old, 7-foot-long sturgeon [PHOTO]
|On Tuesday, the Wisconsin DNR came across a fish that has outlived every human currently alive.|
Not only has she outlived every human currently on the face of the earth, but she's still fertile! The Wisconsin DNR discovered the record-setting fish while she was laying more than 30 pounds of eggs in the Wolf River near Shawano on Tuesday.
The Shawano Sturgeon's tale of the tape -- 7'3" long, 240 pounds, 125 years old. Sounds like a fearsome NBA center, give or take 100 years of age.
Here's a photo of proud DNR employees posing with the fish:
The Shawano Sturgeon is by far the largest and oldest ever found in Wisconsin, weighing about 30 pounds more than a sturgeon found in Lake Winnebago a couple years ago.
Said Wisconsin DNR sturgeon biologist Ron Bruch: "I knew they were out there and I thought, 'We finally got one of these massive, nuclear submarine-type sturgeon.'"
Bruch put together a timeline of the Shawano Sturgeon's life for Green Bay's NBC 26. Here it is (with some slight modifications):
|The Shawano Sturgeon was born during the Grover Cleveland administration.|
1887 - Sturgeon is hatched. Grover Cleveland is U.S. president and Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London.Since the typical life expectancy of a sturgeon is similar to that of a typical human (about 75 years), we're at a loss trying to make sense of the Shawano fish's ridiculously old age. And she must be a smart fish, seeing as how she's been able to avoid anglers' lures for more than a century's worth of fishing seasons. What wisdom she must have... if only sturgeon could communicate with humans, the Shawano Sturgeon could certainly teach us a lesson or two.
1914 - The fish is 27 years old and makes first spawning run. Later that year events in Europe spark the beginning of World War I.
1915 - Wisconsin enacts a statewide closure on sturgeon harvest to protect the population.
1932 - The fish is 45 years old. The state holds the first modern spearing season on Lake Winnebago. Amelia Earhart becomes first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
1945 - In its 58th year, the fish makes its eighth spawning run. World War II ends.
1969 - The fish is 82 years old and has lived through 38 spearing seasons on Lake Winnebago and 10 seasons on the Upriver Lakes. Neil Armstrong walks on the moon.
1983 -- Yours truly is born as the Shawano Sturgeon closes in on its 100th birthday.
1990 - The Soviet Union breaks up. The Shawano Sturgeon, meanwhile, reminisces about the days of Czar Nicholas II.
2012 - The fish is 125 years old and while making its 25th spawning run is captured by DNR crews at the Shawano dam.