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Sick sturgeon under close watch

A CHINESE sturgeon that was badly injured after being caught in a fishing net on Saturday is being cared for at a protection center in Jiading District.

The 308-kilogram, 3.45-meter-long female is lying still at the bottom of its saline pool and being monitored around the clock, the Shanghai Yangtze Estuary Nature Reserve for the Chinese Sturgeon said yesterday.

Fishermen working in the Beigangbeisha shoal, an area of the Yangtze in Chongming District, reported their unwanted catch on Saturday.

Experts from the reserve who were sent to examine the fish said it had been seriously injured, having suffered multiple lacerations to its fins. It was taken to a temporary facility in Chongming, where it received emergency treatment, and later moved to the protection center, where staff determined it had not suffered any internal injuries.

The fish is the eighth and largest of its kind to be treated at the reserve since its establishment in 2002.

The Chinese sturgeon is a critically endangered member of the Acipenseridae family. With a history of 230 million years, it is one of the oldest fish species in the world and is often described as a Òliving fossil.Ó


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