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Sturgeon, America's forgotten dinosaurs, slowly coming back


Steve Helber – Associated Press

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo, Virginia Commonwealth University graduate student Matt Balazik prepares to toss a 70-pound Atlantic sturgeon into the James River near Charles City, Va. Balazik is a sturgeon census taker, using electronic tracking devices to monitor the movements of the armor-plated fish. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

CHARLES CITY, Va. - Sturgeon were America's vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation's rivers until mankind's craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction.

More than a century later, some populations of the massive bottom feeding fish are showing signs of recovery in the dark corners of U.S. waterways.


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