A monster fish weighing a back-breaking 325 kilograms was caught in the Heilongjiang River by local fishermen in the city of Fuyuan, northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province.
The 3-meter-long fish was identified as a female kaluga sturgeon and was bought by the local fishery department for further research over its biological characteristics.
The kaluga is a large predatory sturgeon only found in the Heilongjiang River basin. The species, thought to be the largest freshwater fish in the world, is believed to be prehistoric, having existed for over 130 million years. The genre is listed as critically endangered, having been fished to near extinction for its valuable roe.
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