Jumping sturgeon keep boaters on the look-out
After seeing no jumping sturgeon incidents last year, there have been 4 so far along the Suwannee River this year. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Spokeswoman Karen Parker says getting hit with one of these fish can do significant damage.
“Think about this- you’re running down the river, going about 30 miles per hour and basically a brick wall jumps up in front of you and you hit it. You can get seriously injured,” she says.
Parker says the sturgeon can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh around 200 pounds. She says low water levels are likely to blame for the higher incidence of jumping, and with more boaters on the river this weekend there may be more reports. Although there is a risk of injury or property damage from the jumping fish, Parker says boaters can still have a fun and safe weekend by staying alert and wearing life jackets.
This entry was posted in Local
. Bookmark the permalink
More Stories in Local
Shane Hartley and Troy Butler choose to ride their bikes to work because they know the health and environmental benefits of biking. In order to unite people like them, the Gainesville Citizens for Active Transportation want to start a bike-sharing program.
The 2015 Fanfares and Fireworks celebration, hosted by the UF College of Journalism and Communications, drew more than 10,000 to the campus July 3.
Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder may face obstacles during the holiday weekend. Military With PTSD, a nonprofit organization, has started a campaign to help educate people about the effects of fireworks on people with PTSD.
Protesters seeking to remove the downtown statue of the Confederate soldier spoke to city officials for the first time since the campaign began in late June. This is the first of several efforts that will go on over the next two weeks among protesters who call for the County Commission to take down the statue.
Grace Marketplace has served the local homeless community for one year. The community is part of a 10-year plan, conceived in 2005, to end homelessness.