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Iconic Chinese paddlefish and wild Yangtze sturgeon officially declared extinct

  • In 2019, the Chinese paddlefish was listed as extinct in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. A recent reassessment published on Thursday verified the extinction of the species.
  • Another freshwater river fish species, the Yangtze sturgeon, or Acipenser dabryanus, was listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species in 2019, with the recent reassessment relisting the Yangtze sturgeon as extinct in the wild.
  • Both the Chinese paddlefish and the Yangtze sturgeon’s population declines have resulted from human impact and environmental degradation such as overfishing and overharvesting, habitat fragmentation, deforestation, mining, water pollution (wastewater and runoff) and dams.
  • The construction of the Gezhouba Dam and the Three Gorges dams blocked the anadromous migration of the Chinese paddlefish, reducing their reproduction for offspring.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has officially verified that the Chinese paddlefish and wild Yangtze sturgeon are extinct on their list of threatened species. 

The Chinese paddlefish, or Psephurus gladius, was one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, weighing up to 660 pounds and measuring up to 10 feet in length. They were gray, had a white underbelly and small, round eyes. These fish were endemic to the freshwater wetlands in the Yangtze and Yellow River basins. They migrated upstream to their estuary in the East China Sea to spawn during mid-March to early April. 

Chinese man cooks and eats his pet arowana after it dies, says it’s ‘most expensive fish’ he’s ever eaten

man eats pet fish
  • A man in Henan, China, decided to steam cook his pet arowana, a type of freshwater fish, after it died, feeling it would be a “waste.”
  • He purportedly bought the fish three years ago, and it grew from 10 centimeters (approximately 3.9 inches) to about 30 to 40 centimeters (11.8 to 15.7 inches) long.
  • After the tank’s water pump malfunctioned for five hours, the arowana died.
  • The man described the fish as being fresh and tender while describing it as “the most expensive fish” he has ever eaten.

Feeling that it would be a waste, a man in Henan, China, decided to steam cook and eat his pet silver arowana, describing it as “the most expensive fish” he has eaten.

In a viral video uploaded to Weibo on Friday, the man is seen cooking his once-pet fish, adding various ingredients to a pot including green onions and potatoes. Arowanas are a type of bony freshwater fish and can often cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Taiwanese man takes pet fish for a walk with ingenious ‘fish stroller’

fish stroller
  • Jerry Huang of Taichung, Taiwan, has designed a “fish stroller” that allows small aquatic animals to explore a world beyond the water.
  • The invention consists of a cylindrical tank made from acrylic that is filled with water and set at the center of the wheeled unit.
  • The mobile aquarium gives Huang’s pet goldfish a 360-degree view of dry land, an experience he compares to the human interest of exploring space.
  • The stroller is also equipped with a battery-powered filtration and oxygen system as well as LED lighting.
  • Huang took weeks to design and build the stroller, which cost him somewhere between $300 and $400.

A Taiwanese man is making headlines for designing a brilliant solution to help small aquatic animals explore a world beyond the water.

Jerry Huang, who lives in Taichung, has invented what he calls a “fish stroller,” a mobile aquarium that has been turning heads whenever he takes his pet goldfish out for a walk.

Organ-dwelling parasite is a Japanese aquarium star because it looks just like sushi

sushi isopod in aquarium

An inch-long sea creature that looks like a piece of salmon sushi has become the star of a Japanese Aquarium. 

All about the sushi-shaped creature: The Aquamarine Fukushima, located on the east coast of Japan, identified the sushi-shaped creature as an isopod — an order of marine invertebrates (animals without backbones) that belong to the greater crustacean group of animals.

Racism concerns push US agencies to rename the invasive ‘Asian carp’

Government agencies and wildlife organizations in the U.S. are moving to rename the group of invasive species collectively known as “Asian carp,” reportedly due to racism concerns.

What’s in the name: In the ’70s, four carp species — bighead, silver, grass and black carp — were imported from China to Mississippi to help clear sewage and aquaculture ponds of algae, weeds and parasites, reported AP News.

Malaysians Are Allegedly Dipping Raw Salmon Into Black Coffee for Breakfast


A seafood retailer in Malaysia has captured the imagination of social media users after a Facebook page shared a supposed new way of eating salmon which involved dunking the fish into black coffee.

In an image posted on the Facebook page “Kia Eat Play,” someone is shown apparently dipping the salmon meat into a cup of kopi O, a type of traditional Singapore black coffee. The popular drink, which has Hainanese roots, is highly caffeinated and served with sugar instead of milk.