2012-08 (Aug) Weeki Wachee River Sturgeon Sighting

posted Aug 9, 2012, 6:02 PM by Mark Butler   [ updated Apr 27, 2014, 6:47 PM ]

2012-08 (Aug)-09: Observed this morning (9am) in the Weeki Wachee River. Conducting a checkout dive at Hospital Hole when I notice a form that I haven't seen since my days at UF Fisheries.  As far as I know this is one of the first documented sitings of a gulf sturgeon in the Weeki Wachee River about 2 miles upriver from the estuary.

Approximately 4ft in length. Occupying downstream side rim of Hospital Hole. In 4ft brackish water (@75*F per my dive computer) sandy bottom. Outgoing tide.

Map of sighting: http://goo.gl/maps/A71pP

2012-08 (Aug) Weeki Wachee Sturgeon

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