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Monster sturgeon (photo): Where will it surface next?

March 11, 2009 |  1:20 pm

1,000-pound sturgeon

Sea monsters do not exist. Or do they?

The sturgeon in the accompanying photo was caught at some point in time, on some body of water, most likely on the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada, in 2005.

The photo was sent to Outposts this morning by 976-TUNA's Philip Friedman.

Friedman posted the photo on his website, briefly, with a caption stating the fish was caught two weeks ago, after a six-hour fight involving four anglers, on the Willamette River below Oregon City in Oregon.

Turns out, the photo has been surfacing sporadically since 2005.

"There are versions that claim the fish was caught in the Rainy River, Minnesota, in Willamette River, Oregon, a lake in Oklahoma, a river in Texas, and various other locations, some of which do not even have fish of that size or species," explains the Hoax Slayer website.

Hoax Slayer determined the beast to have been caught on the Fraser River in 2005. It weighed about 1,000 pounds and measured 11-plus feet. And the behemoth -- white sturgeon are the largest freshwater fish in North America -- was released alive.

That is, according to legend.

-- Pete Thomas