A 7-foot-long, 240-pound sturgeon has been caught in Michigan. Scientists believe she’s more than 100 years old.

Fish Skitch
A US Fish and Wildlife Service member lying next to the sturgeon.

  • A sturgeon measuring seven feet long and 240 pounds was found in the Detroit River, Michigan.
  • The scientists who found it said they believe the fish is female and over 100 years old.
  • “Imagine everything that fish has lived through and seen,” one biologist said.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Biologists found an almost-seven-foot-long, 240-pound sturgeon in Michigan’s Detroit River that they believe could be over 100 years old.

Three scientists with the US Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Alpena, Michigan, were on the river in April, where they were trying to measure the sturgeon population in the river.

One of the biologists, Jason Fischer, told The Washington Post that the team usually catches 40- to 60-pound fish, but could tell that one that it started pulling in was bigger.

It turned out to be a 6-foot 10-inch fish.

In a post announcing the find, the Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office called the fish a “real life river monster.”

It added that it believes the fish is female, and that the size suggests “that she has been roaming our waters over 100 years.”

The conservation office added that the fish was one of the largest lake sturgeon ever recorded in the US, and that it was “quickly released back into the river after being processed.”

The biologist Paige Wigren, who was part of the team that found the sturgeon, said: “Imagine everything that fish has lived through and seen,” according to the Associated Press.

Read the original article on Business Insider