Beachgoers were in for a surprise this week when a bizarre fish appearing to be an Atlantic sturgeon washed ashore.
At first, no one knew what to make of this spiky creature that was found on the shore of Carolina Beach. However, scientists believe they have solved the mystery by identifying it as an Atlantic sturgeon.
These fish date back to the time of dinosaurs and have survived all of these years by mostly staying out of the public eye.
This bony fish visits the Chesapeake Bay in the spring to spawn and this one may not have made it on its trek north. It’s a freshwater fish that thrives at the bottom of rivers, according to the Chesapeake Bay Program.
If you ever find yourself hooked into an Atlantic sturgeon, be sure to notify the state’s wildlife department to record the date, time, and place of the catch.