The fish shown above was seen in the Hudson River near 96th Street on Tuesday morning. It appears to be a sturgeon, a fish that’s been making a comeback in the river in recent years and is considered an iconic symbol of the Hudson River. The Atlantic sturgeon is an endangered species.
Elise, who sent in the photo below, said the fish was at least six feet long. “Quite surreal to see such a big fish in our waters.”
Environmentalists have raised alarms because sturgeon have been dying prematurely. Normally sturgeon spend time in estuaries like the Hudson for the first few years of their lives before traveling out to the ocean.
One theory is that they’ve been getting killed by vessels in the Hudson, and the death rate appears to have spiked as ocean traffic rose during the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge.
We posted a photo of a sturgeon (which we first thought was a pike) a few years ago.