CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - What looks to be an Atlantic Sturgeon washed up on to the north end of Carolina Beach Monday, according to a viewer.
An article written by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission explains the Atlantic Sturgeon is a primitive fish dating back to the dinosaur age.
The primitive fish can grow up to 9 feet in length and can weigh up to 500 pounds.
Atlantic Sturgeons eat anything from small fish to worms and spend most of their life in salt water, but migrate up freshwater rivers along the coast to spawn.
If you happen to accidentally catch a sturgeon you should do the following:
- Call the Commission's Division of Inland Fisheries
- Tell them the time, date and place where you caught the sturgeon
- Provide the length of the fish and a photograph
- Return the fish to the water alive
For more information on this fish click here.