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Back You are here: Home Features Events and Features Fort Fisher Aquarium Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Shortnose sturgeon - The shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) sports bony plates or scutes along the body, giving the animal a dinosaur-like appearance. In fact, research the animals are little changed in 70 million years. Currently endangered, shortnose sturgeon populations were threatened by overfishing, pollution and river dams. Locally, shortnose sturgeons swim in the area where the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean meet because of their ability to tolerate both fresh and salt waters. Bottom-feeding shortnose sturgeons primarily eat crustaceans and grow to 3 to 4 feet in length. Come see these water dinosaurs in the Raven Rock exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium at Ft. Fisher.