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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Collisions with Suwannee sturgeons can prove lethal

Published April 5, 2008
Last year, Touchton was one of nine people injured on the Suwannee River in the freakiest of freak accidents. She collided with a leaping sturgeon -- a prehistoric fish wrapped in bony scales -- while zipping along on a water scooter.

As the sturgeons begin their annual run up the Suwannee, state officials are girding for another year punctuated by bizarre -- sometimes violent -- encounters between modern-day humans and Cretaceous-era fish.

During the past two years, one person has been killed and 18 others injured when they struck or tried to avoid a collision with the jumping, armor-plated creatures that can weigh up to 200 pounds.

Article includes related links showing an image of where Sturgeon Collisions have occured in 2006 and 2007.

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