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