Fish Dragged Man To His Death!
SOUTHERN CHINA – A giant fish got its own back on an angler when it dragged him to his death after he hooked it in southern China.
The fish, believed to be a giant sturgeon, pulled Huang Wu, 58, into the water when he tried to retrieve his fishing rod, say witnesses.
‘One minute he was chatting to us about what a big fish he had, the next it was the fish that had him,’ said Chen Wan who was fishing alongside him in Nanning.
Huang was pulled more than 150ft out into the river before he disappeared under the water.
Rescuers found his body washed up on a bank later.
Despite being endangered, sturgeons weighing between half a ton and a ton are regularly pulled out of rivers in China.
‘They might be endangered but an inexperienced angler will be the one who’s in trouble if he hooks one of these monsters,’ explained one fisherman.
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Sturgeon is the common name used for some 26 species of fish in the family Acipenseridae, including the genera Acipenser, Huso, Scaphirhynchus and Pseudoscaphirhynchus. The term includes over 20 species commonly referred to as sturgeon and several closely related species that have distinct common names, notably sterlet, kaluga and beluga. Collectively, the family is also known as the true sturgeons. Sturgeon is sometimes used more exclusively to refer to the species in the two best-known genera, Acipenser and Huso.
One of the oldest families of bony fish in existence, sturgeon are native to subtropical, temperate and sub-Arctic rivers, lakes and coastlines of Eurasia and North America. They are distinctive for their elongated bodies, lack of scales, and occasional great size: sturgeons ranging from 7–12 feet (2-3½ m) in length are common, and some species grow up to 18 feet (5.5 m). Most sturgeons are anadromous bottom-feeders, spawning upstream and feeding in river deltas and estuaries. While some are entirely freshwater, very few venture into the open ocean beyond near coastal areas.
Several species of sturgeons are harvested for their roe, which is made into caviar — a luxury food which makes some sturgeons pound for pound the most valuable of all harvested fish. Because they are slow-growing and mature very late in life, they are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and to other threats, including pollution and habitat fragmentation. Most species of sturgeons are currently considered to be at risk of extinction, making them more critically endangered than any other group of species.