The gulf sturgeon is an ancient fish, first appearing 225 million
years ago, according to fossil records. The gulf sturgeon
spends most of the year in freshwater, where it reproduces,
and migrates to saltwater in the fall. Adult fish
are bottom feeders, feeding primarily on invertebrates
in the Gulf of Mexico and its estuaries. In early
spring, the gulf sturgeon return to breed in the river
system in which they hatched.
Biologists net sturgeon to determine effects of oil spill by Tom McLaughlin/Northwest Florida Daily News
MILTON — Gulf sturgeon have their own idea about where to spend a summer vacation. And it seems quite a few of the splendid fish, notorious for launching themselves like prehistoric missiles from the water, have developed a hankering for a place called Cooper’s Basin in the Blackwater River a few miles north of Milton.