One of the largest Chinese sturgeons found in Yangtze River in the past 20 years was caught by a fisherman in Hubei Province on Friday, according to Xinhua News. The sturgeon, 3.3 meters in length and more than 350 kilograms in weight, is pregnant.
The fisherman met the beast of a fish when going out fishing with his wife as usual. Their boat was even pulled along by the heavy fish inside the net.
“I didn’t dare to draw the net in anymore in case we would hurt the creature,” the fisherman Zhangjin told Xinhua.
The sturgeon was hurt during the catching process and was found to have several old wounds, but it’s still in good condition. After simple check and treatment, it will be released back into the Yangtze River.
According to Shanghai Daily, the Chinese sturgeon is often addressed as the “panda in water” because the rare species lives only in China. Researchers say China’s ancient sturgeon is nearly extinct, arousing global concerns. This pregnant sturgeon may bring hope to the species, thanks to all the conservation projects, including the recent release of 1,200 artificially-bred sturgeons into the Yangtze river.
By Dina Li