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Endangered Chinese sturgeon

The Chinese sturgeon - also tracked with microchips - is one of the world's largest among 27 sturgeon species. It can grow as long as 5 meters and weigh around 450 kilograms.

It is the largest animal in the heavily polluted Yangtze River where man, bridges and machines have drastically reduced the population and placed it on the endangered list.

The sturgeon lived with the dinosaurs 140 million years ago and today is practically unchanged.

The Shanghai Yangtze Estuary Nature Reserve for the Chinese Sturgeon is a base aiming to saving the fish through breeding.

It contains several hundred sturgeons and every year it releases hundreds of young - with implanted micro chips - into the Yangtze River but like Harald in the Danube, most go "missing" on their way into the East China Sea.


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