Hold on! 240-pound fish, age 100, caught in Detroit River

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staffer poses with a 240-pound, nearly 7-foot-long sturgeon that was caught last month in the Detroit River. The fish, which could be more than 100 years old, was quickly released back into the river after being weighed and measured.

DETROIT (AP) — Now that’s a whopper — a very old whopper!

A 240-pound sturgeon that could be more than 100 years old was caught last month in the Detroit River by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The “real life river monster” was nearly 7 feet long, the agency said Friday on Facebook.

“Based on its girth and size, it is assumed to be a female and that she has been roaming our waters over 100 years. She was quickly released back into the river” after being weighed and measured, the Fish and Wildlife Service said.

The typical lifespan is 55 years for a male sturgeon and 70 to 100 years for females, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

This fish was caught April 22 near Grosse Ile, south of Detroit, while a three-person crew was conducting an annual sturgeon study.

“I felt the fish thumping on the line. As it got closer, it just got bigger and bigger,” said biologist Jason Fischer.

Lake sturgeon are listed as a threatened species in Michigan. Anglers can keep one a year, but only if the fish is a certain size and is caught in a few state waters. All sturgeon caught in the Detroit River must be released.

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