Atlantic Sturgeon leaping in the Kennebec River June 2003

photo's by Doug Watts

"But while looking at the rushing and rippling stream, I saw a great fish, some six feet long and thick in proportion, suddenly emerge at whole length, turn a somerset, and then vanish again beneath the water. It was a glistening, yellowish brown, with its fins all spread, and looking very strange and startling darting so life-like from the black water, throwing itself fully into the bright sunshine, and then lost to sight and pursuit."

-- Nathaniel Hawthorne, Augusta, Maine. July, 1837.