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Can you identify this sea creature that washed up in Hampton Bays?

Patch reader Nancy Norton Wilson snapped the above photo in Hampton Bays recently. She wants to know what kind of sea creature it is. Patch does too. 

If you know what type of fish it is, comment below and in the meantime, Patch will be consulting with the Riverhead Foundation and will provide their response in the comming days. So, be sure to check back. 

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Hungry Naturalist February 26, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Atlantic Sturgeon
Rick Nydegger February 26, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus)
Richard Warden February 26, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Fresh caviar. Yum. In case you weren't sure, experts recommend using mother of pearl caviar spoons in order to avoid tainting the taste of the caviar.
P.Killian February 27, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Was it as big as this one? http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://blog.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/2009/02/large_as.JPG&imgrefurl=http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/02/atlantic_sturgeon_needs_protec.html&h=175&w=288&sz=1&tbnid=G6wE8lZuMAx4PM:&tbnh=121&tbnw=200&prev=/search%3Fq%3Datlantic%2Bsturgeon%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=atlantic+sturgeon&usg=__uh7jIYUCOvyk0Fe4Q4RAepmLdLM=&docid=-NzGP7A0LpShQM&itg=1&hl=en&sa=X&ei=DFwuUYHgOYWy0QGJgIHwBQ&sqi=2&ved=0CIQBEPwdMAo
Carol Combes February 27, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Atlantic sturgeon. No doubt.....Rich
Andrea Nydegger February 27, 2013 at 11:52 PM
My friend who is part of the Atlantic Sturgeon project had the DEC recover this fish and they will do an autopsy. These fish are on the verge of extinction
Lisa B March 03, 2013 at 05:06 PM
I work for DEC, Marine Resources and can confirm that this is an Atlantic sturgeon. DEC staff did pick this particular fish up and it is at our lab where we will be able to gather valuable information from it. If you see a sturgeon on the beach please contact us at: 631-444-0462.

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