Sturgeon,

also known as the royal fish or imperial fish, produces Caviar, one of the three world delicacies. While many confuse sturgeon as part of the shark family, sturgeon is unrelated to the shark and is categorized as a separate fish species.

Sturgeon usually takes seven to fifteen years to become an adult fish and its weight varies from two kilograms to two tons. Remarkably, a sturgeon’s lifespan, on average, exceeds one-hundred years, and is one of the oldest living creatures on Earth, its history dating back to approximately 250,000 years. A sturgeon’s longevity is due to its self-generating active anti-aging substances.

There are approximately 30 different types of sturgeon, most of which live in the Caspian Sea. Currently, most types of sturgeon are considered vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered species under CITES.