1.25" wide Sturgeon Pin
Found in Lake Erie waterway, Sturgeons predate many living fish species, appearing in the fossil record approx 200 million years ago; their slow evolution has earned them the informal status as living fossils. Found throughout North America, ranging from subtropical to subartic waters, sturgeons are bottom-feeders, eating small fish and invertebrates found by sifting through the silt or sand on the bottom of rivers and oceans. Sturgeons are late to mature, and can live to be 100 years old. Some sturgeon species can grow to enormous size. The largest authenticated sturgeon was 1,378 pounds, from the Fraser River in British Colombia, Canada; landlocked populations are generally much smaller.