I found this interesting article in the latest VGDIF Outdoor Report: We've all seen the cheesy pirate maps where the unknown spots are marked with "there be dragons!" Well, perhaps someone should put that symbol on a map of the James. On September 18th two ichthyologists, Chris Hager and Matt Balazik, netted a 9-foot sturgeon in the James near Hopewell. For those of you who don't know what a sturgeon is, one marine biologist has described it as "a living, breathing dragon." They are indeed imposing fish - capable of growing up to 14 feet long, with a fierce snout and lots of dorsal plates. They are also long-lived creatures, with the biologists figuring that the one that was briefly caught was about 30 years old. He (or she) was just a youngster, the oldest recorded specimen was 60 years old. Sturgeon are anadromous, living both in fresh and saltwater at different times of the year. Overfishing and pollution almost caused the fish to be wiped out, but a few are still around. So beware, fishers of the James, a dragon may be on the other end of your line!