A school of over 2,000 artificially-bred Chinese sturgeon has successfully completed a 1,600km migratory run along the Yangtze River to the sea. This hopefully marks a big step forward for the protected fish, often referred to as “aquatic pandas” (someone please make that movie). Xinhua reports:
Hundreds of volunteers and residents helped to release them in the city of Yinchang, central China’s Hubei province.
Among the fish, 1,000 were second-generation artificially-bred sturgeons and over 200 first-generation ones, said Cao Guangjing, chairman of China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC).
The fish were trained for the wild for a month before being released by the Chinese Sturgeons Research Institute (CSRI) under the CTGC, said Cao.
We seriously hope this training included a guy in a fish suit giving a bunch of baby sturgeon swimming lessons.