Apparently, Seafair brought out Seattlites of every shape, size, and species this weekend. Including, one enormous (and dead) sturgeon.
Keith Magnuson was waterskiing on Saturday when he came across the deceased giant, which he initially mistook for a shark. The 8-foot-long fish has been “tied to a post” by the UW School of Fisheries, where it awaits examination, according to The Seattle Times.
Anybody who’s seen X-Files (or a show of similar plot themes) knows that the Pacific Northwest is a hotbed of activity for freaky creatures who love our rainy climate and tender, organic, Seattle meat. Who can blame them? And this isn’t the first time Seattle’s been in awe around sturgeon titan cruising our waters.
More recently there was a 5 ½ footer accidentally found by a UW fisheries research team. But the biggest behemoth award goes to the sturgeon nabbed in 1987, which was 11 feet long, clocking in at 640 pounds (other have said 900 ), and was allegedly responsible for mythic rumors of Seattle’s very own Loch Ness monster. Biologists said the fish was estimated to be somewhere between 80-100 years old, and apparently died of old age.
Sturgeons are bottom-feeders, and not often seen in Lake Washington, though they are known to migrate up and around the Columbia River. We’ll have to wait to see what the scientists find, but allegedly the Times’ blog post has made a bigger splash than Macklemore’s video shoot on top of Dick’s.
What’s to say? Seattle loves its fish.