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This Atlantic sturgeon was spotted in the Charles River last week. (Courtesy)
This Atlantic sturgeon was spotted in the Charles River last week. (Courtesy)

Rick Bellitti, a tax accountant who works in Charlestown, was taking a stroll along the Charles River last week during a lunch break when he noticed an unusually large fish in the water.

Like any savvy member of a modern society, he whipped out his smart phone to take a picture of the fish.

He then sent those pictures to the New England Aquarium where one of the first people to see them was the Aquarium's spokesperson Tony LaCasse. LaCasse immediately recognized the fish as the iconic Atlantic sturgeon.

LaCasse joined Radio Boston to tell us more about the species, its history in Massachusetts, the validity of Bellitti's pictures and what the sighting means for the endangered species.

Guests:

  • Tony LaCasse, media relations director at the New England Aquarium

This segment aired on February 20, 2012.

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