Mysterious giant white sturgeon could shed light on toxins in Lake Washington

Community members said the fearsome-looking fish brings a “message from the deep.”

KENMORE, Wash. — Elizabeth Mooney is on the trail for clues at the north end of Lake Washington.

“That’s her spine right there,” Mooney said pointing to a rotting carcass.

Mooney is investigating the death of someone she considers a friend.

“We want to know why she died here,” Mooney said.

That “friend” is named Samantha: Samantha the Sturgeon.

Mooney found the massive fish dead at Kenmore’s Log Boom Park earlier this month. The sturgeon was over 8 feet long, about 70 years old and weighed 300 to 400 pounds.

Sturgeon are native to

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