Report a Breaching Sturgeon

Help researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) better understand the location and behavior of {{,Atlantic sturgeon}} in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries by reporting any evidence of a sturgeon breach.

Scientists aren't sure why sturgeon jump out of the water, but think it is most likely a means of communication. To see what a breaching sturgeon looks like, watch {{,this YouTube video.}}

To learn about sturgeon research at VIMS, visit our {{,sturgeon webpage}}. You can also follow our {{,Sturgeon Blog}}.
Breaching Information
Describe where and when you think you saw or heard a sturgeon jump out of the water.
*Did you see the breach or only hear a loud splash?
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Examples of accepted formats: Degrees, minutes and seconds (DMS): 37°27'08.4", 76°43'12.6" Decimal degrees (DDD): 37.452333, -76.720155
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(e.g., I saw a sturgeon breach in the upper York River approximately 1 mile upstream of Croaker Landing and about 300 feet off the shoreline of King and Queen County).
How did you hear about our sturgeon breaching survey?
Contact Information
Providing contact information will allow us to ask you for further details if needed, and to provide updates on the status of sturgeon research at VIMS if so desired. We will not share your contact information with any external parties.

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Domestic phone number with area code in the form 757-555-1212

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