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Sturgeon Balls

OPB | Oct. 7, 2010 1:30 p.m.

The mega-fish of the Columbia River baffles the experts. They’re forming giant, lazy “sturgeon balls” for no discernable reason. Discovered by accident by a camera sent for a dam inspection, scientists really don’t know what the sturgeon are doing. Farther up the Columbia, numbers of young sturgeon are dwindling. The Yakama Nation is stepping in to help by spawning sturgeon in a brand new hatchery.

First Broadcast: 2010
Producer: Vince Patton
Videographer/Editor: Michael Bendixen
Videographers: Todd Sonflieth, Tom Shrider
Video courtesy of: US Army Corps of Engineers, John Gillman

More Information
White Sturgeon Facts
Spawning Area Below Willamette Falls
White Sturgeon Populations
Joint Columbia Report


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