The ‘living dinosaur’ measured 3 metres long and weighed about 272 kilograms
Originally Published on CBC, July 1, 2015
By Alexandra Gibb
A New Jersey boy has a colossal story to tell his fellow fourth graders when he returns to school this fall after he reeled in a “living dinosaur” from the Fraser River on Monday.
Nine-year-old Kegan Rothman and his father, Dan Rothman, were just hours into their week-long chartered fishing trip when Kegan hooked a monster Great White Sturgeon near Chilliwack. He fought the fish down the river for nearly two hours.
”I was just saying to myself, ‘When am I going to finish this? I’m tired,'” Kegan told CBC News on Wednesday.
The pursuit was made particularly challenging when the sturgeon somehow managed to wrap itself around a tree submerged in the water.
Kegan’s father said that was a “blow” they just couldn’t accept.
“We had already had the opportunity to see the fish. I was actually taking pictures of my son working the rod on the stern and the fish just came straight up, almost like a projectile from the water with its belly pronounced toward us,” he said.
“To see the fish several times and then for it to get hung up and wrapped …