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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    A Russian Sturgeon swims in a tank with thousands of others at Atlantic Caviar and Sturgeon in Lenior. Atlantic is the only U.S. aquafarm growing the Russian sturgeon that produce Ossetra caviar, prized by gourmets worldwide.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Thousands of Russian Sturgeon swim in a tank at Atlantic Caviar and Sturgeon in Lenior. Atlantic is the only U.S. aquafarm growing the Russian sturgeon that produce Ossetra caviar, prized by gourmets worldwide.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Thousands of Russian Sturgeon swim in tanks at Atlantic Caviar and Sturgeon in Lenior. Atlantic is the only U.S. aquafarm growing the Russian sturgeon that produce Ossetra caviar, prized by gourmets worldwide.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Trey Velez pulls a groggy Russian Sturgeon from a tank to be checked for eggs at Atlantic Caviar and Sturgeon in Lenior.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    (L to R) Trey Velez, Mason Tuttle, and Chuck Weinich give a Russian Sturgeon an ultrasound to check for eggs, caviar, at Atlantic Caviar and Sturgeon in Lenior.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Mason Tuttle gives a Russian Sturgeon an ultrasound to check for eggs, caviar, at Atlantic Caviar and Sturgeon in Lenior.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    A Russian Sturgeon full of eggs is cut open at Atlantic Caviar and Sturgeon in Lenior.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Aaron Dillard carefully fills a bowl with about 4 pounds of Russian Sturgeon roe at Atlantic Caviar and Sturgeon in Lenior.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    The Russian Sturgeon roe are carefully rinsed in salt water before being quickly packed at Atlantic Caviar and Sturgeon in Lenior.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Amy Burchette (right) and Tiffany Cook prepare to pack 4 pounds of caviar at Atlantic Caviar and Sturgeon in Lenior. .
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Almost 2 kilograms, around 4 pounds of caviar, freshly harvested at Atlantic Caviar and Sturgeon in Lenior.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Amy Burchette packs a tin with caviar at Atlantic Caviar and Sturgeon in Lenior.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Amy Burchette (right) and Tiffany Cook (left) carefully seal a tin of caviar.
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