Wisconsin’s answer to “Shark Week” cruises into view Sunday, March 2.

Discover “Sturgeon Week,” a week’s worth of web-based, multi-media features will tell the stories behind the lake sturgeon, a prehistoric fish that’s a distant cousin to sharks and is more abundant in Wisconsin than anywhere else in the world.

“Sturgeon Week” can be found on features page of the Department of Natural Resources website.

Web users will find videos, interviews, slide shows, interactive timelines and more to learn more about the fish and the DNR staff, conservation organizations and citizens who have nurtured populations of this fish, which can grow to more than 200 pounds and live more than 100 years.

Web users will also learn more about the unique spearing season that opens Feb. 9, on the Lake Winnebago system, the secrets to telling how old a sturgeon is, to understanding how DNR carefully controls harvest of the species, and the craft, culture and traditions tied to the sturgeon.

“This is an ancient species that dates to the late Jurassic period 150 million years ago,” said Ron Bruch, longtime DNR sturgeon biologist for the Lake Winnebago System. “Whatever killed the dinosaurs didn’t kill the sturgeon. Join us to learn more about this amazing fish and its survival story and the cultural importance it has for so many of our families in Wisconsin.”

Image courtesy Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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