A 1360-pound Kaluga Sturgeon (aka River Beluga) was caught in the Heilongjiang River in Northeast China in a town called Tongjiang. It was reported to have been caught on Friday, May 18, 2012. On the left is a Map of China showing where the Heilongjiang River is located.
Chen Li, a local fisherman is said to have caught the Giant Sturgeon. The 1360-pound giant Kaluga Sturgeon filled up Chen’s entire rowboat.
According to Central China TV it took 11 men to unload the very much alive Giant Sturgeon onto a stretcher.
The Giant Kaluga Sturgeon (Huso dauricus) fish is female and currently carrying 1.2 million eggs. The fish will be brought to a breeding center where it will be artificially inseminated and the resulting hatchlings released back into the Heilongjiang River to boost dwindling numbers.
The Kaluga Sturgeon is only found in this river system, is thought to have been around for a 120 million years and is one of the largest freshwater fish in the world.
Sturgeon this size, are quite rare as they the larger ones have been mostly caught. A sturgeon continues growing its entire life and one of this size has successfully evaded fishermen for more than a 100 years.
Based on what I’ve found, this sturgeon is the largest one ever caught in recent times. The largest generally accepted freshwater record f ish is of a Beluga female taken in 1827 in the Volga estuary at 1,571 kg (3,460 lb) and 7.2 m (24 ft). Though estimates of the size of these fish range up to 6,000 pounds.
The Daily Telegraph posted footage of the men bringing in the fish:
So, is this Giant Kaluga Sturgeon the largest freshwater fish caught in recent times?