Watch: Giant sturgeon leaps from river as angler watches in awe

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The crew of a sportfishing charter in British Columbia, Canada, has recorded the epic moment a 9-foot sturgeon leaps clear of the water while an exhausted angler watches in disbelief.

Yves Bisson, who runs Yves Bisson Sturgeon Co., told ABC 6 that the 350-pound sturgeon was caught July 16 on the Fraser River near Chilliwack, and that one point “it almost landed in the boat.”

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Bisson, who shared the video on Instagram, estimated the sturgeon to be at least 50 years old and described the catch as “a fish of a lifetime.”

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Bisson tagged and released the sturgeon after taking measurements. His website explains that anglers become “directly involved” with a long-standing sturgeon research program during his excursions.

Bisson had not responded to inquiries by FTW Outdoors at the time of this post.

White sturgeon can exceed 15 feet and weigh more than 1,000 pounds. The fish date to prehistoric times and have been described as “living dinosaurs.”