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Pittsburgh area fisherman makes prehistoric catch

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 14, 2017 3:24 AM
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(Courtesy of Aaron Thompson via Facebook)

(Pittsburgh) -- A western Pennsylvania fisherman has made a prehistoric catch.

Aaron Thompson posted pictures of him holding the large, long-nosed fish to a local fisherman Facebook group Tuesday.

The Pittsburgh U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shared the photo, asking people to name the fish.

Thompson confirms it was a Paddlefish, which dates back 75 million years. He caught the fish in the Allegheny River close to Lock and Dam 9.

The Fish & Boat Commission says the threatened species was believed to no longer be present in Pennsylvania waters.

Thompson says the catch was "completely accidental," and he later released it without harm.

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