Russian sturgeons drawn to Amsterdam


A rare Russian sturgeon (Latin: Acipenser gueldenstaedtii) was spotted by a fisherman last week in a West Amsterdam harbour. In Russia the sturgeon is normally found in major rivers such as the Volga.

According to an urban ecologist, the sturgeon either comes from some fish centre or actually swam all the way to Amsterdam from Russia. More sturgeons have been spotted on the Russia-The Netherlands route, so the latter is plausible.

Ironically, next year The Netherlands and Russia will celebrate their special bilateral relation, but I bet the fish didn’t know.

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