Why Is It Called the Sturgeon Moon?
The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not solely to the full Moon.
The Sturgeon Moon
August’s full Moon was traditionally called the Sturgeon Moon because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this part of summer.
What Is a Sturgeon?
These prehistoric-looking fish have been traced back to around 136 million years ago and many people call them “living fossils.”
- Females require around 20 years to start reproducing, and they can only reproduce every 4 years. However, they can live up to 150 years!
- Today, there are about 29 species worldwide, including the lake sturgeon found in the Great Lakes. They have evolved in size from the size of a bass to monster sturgeon as big as a Volkswagen.
- The lake sturgeon is quite rare today, due to intense overfishing in the 19th century, pollution, and damage to their habitat.
Song Lyrics for the Virgin Sturgeon Caviar comes from virgin sturgeon; Virgin sturgeon's a very fine fish. Virgin sturgeon needs no urgin'; That's why caviar is my dish. I fed caviar to my girl-friend; She was a virgin tried and true. Now my girl-friend needs no urgin', There isn't anything she won't do. I fed caviar to my grandpa; He was a gent of ninety-three. Shrieks and squeals revealed that grandpa Had chased grandma up a tree. Father was the keeper of the Eddystone light, And he slept with a mermaid one fine night. Results of this were off-spring three; Two were fishes and the other was me. The postman came on the first of May; The policeman came on the very same day. Nine months later there was hell to pay: Who fired that first shot , the blue or the gray? Little Mary went a-sledding, And her sled turned upside down. Now little Mary's singing, "M'ass is in the cold, cold ground."