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By instinct, the white sturgeon spawns in swift-moving water.
By instinct, the white sturgeon spawns in swift-moving water. Evidence shows that spawning under such conditions gives the young the best chance for survival. But how did the white sturgeon know this? This instinct was given to it by its Creator and was not the result of chance, random processes.
CLASS: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
ORDER: Acipenseriformes (paddlefishes, spoonfishes, and sturgeons)
FAMILY: Acipenseridae (sturgeons)
GENUS/SPECIES: Acipenser transmontanus
Size: 12.5–20 ft (3.8–6 m)
Weight: Up to 1,390 lbs (630 kg)
Depth: 1–400 ft (1–122 m)
Diet: Crustaceans, mollusks, lampreys
Habitat: Near the shores of the Pacific coast from Alaska to California; migrates inland to spawn