A Heilongjiang woman with a heart of gold made waves online after she spent 60,000 RMB on an endangered Chinese sturgeon so she could release it into the wild, according to ifeng News.
The fish was caught by a fisherman named Bai Wenjie, who fastened its mouth to his ship and quickly called the staff members from the fishery administration department.
“The fish is very strong, I’ve never caught such a big one before.” said Bai Weijie.
The fish measured in at a whopping two meters long, 537 jin (268.5 kg). Staff identified it as a rare female Huso Dauricus, which can live up to 38 years.
Having heard of this rare fish, the woman, named Dai Hongjuan, bought the fish from the fisherman for 60,000RMB, and set it free in a nearby river.
“I’ve never seen such a giant fish like this before,” Dai told reporters. “I simply do this for an ecological balance and protecting wild animals. I ask for nothing in return.”
Huso Dauricus is nicknamed “live fossil in water” and “the giant panda in water”. They are reportedly the largest freshwater fish in the world. The Washington Pact identified the fish as an endangered species in 1998.
If only someone like Dai was present when they nabbed that giant whale shark in Shandong….
By Lucy Liu
[Images and video via ifeng News ]