Where in the world?
Bottom of slow-moving rivers, bays, and estuarine areas on the west coast of North America.
The White Sturgeon has a slender, torpedo-shaped body that is smooth-skinned, scaleless and armored with 5 lateral rows of bony plates called skutes. Sturgeon have changed very little since they first appeared over 175 million years ago, thus have the appearance of a very ancient fish.
White sturgeon can live to be over 100 years old. The rate of growth is dependent on water temperature. Typically, they reach six feet long around 25 years of age.
A sturgeon’s taste buds are located on the outside of its mouth. This allows it to see if a possible food source is edible before sucking it up into its mouth. Dead fish, crustaceans, and mollusks are all popular prey.
Did you know?
White Sturgeons are anadromous, meaning they spawn in fresh water and migrate to salt water to mature. Sturgeon may migrate in and out of salt water many times in their lives.