Atlantic sturgeon are unusual looking fish with boney plates, or scutes,
and whiskers under their snouts. They can be confused with their smaller
cousins the shortnose sturgeon, which have been on the endangered list
since 1967. Both species can be found in the Chesapeake Bay and they are
the only sturgeon that call the Atlantic coast home.
at a Glance
n The scientific name for Atlantic sturgeon is Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus.
n Sturgeon have brown, tan, or bluish-black bodies with white undersides.
n The Atlantic sturgeon has a soft mouth with no teeth, and vacuums up
n The fish spend most of their lives in the ocean and prefer to travel alone.
n The Atlantic sturgeon is the largest fish native to the Chesapeake Bay and
can grow to six feet and 800 pounds.
SOURCE: CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAM