Nature Ramble

This week off to the USA and a fish that I’d never heard of before.

American paddlefish (Polyodon spathula)

Currently found in 22 U.S. states that are part of the Mississippi River basin, including the Missouri River into Montana, the Ohio River, and their major tributaries .

Paddlefish – image & info: Animal Communication

Apparently, these guys are in trouble.

Beluga Caviar

Beluga Caviar

Because the world needs caviar…

Appetite for caviar could see paddlefish suffer sturgeon’s fate

As beluga sturgeon become scarce, illicit traders are turning increasingly to the paddlefish as a substitute

American paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) – the species’ long, signature snouts are lined with sensors that detect plankton. Photograph: Norbert Wu/Corbis

Caviar, the glistening black beads that slip down millions of throats globally, is at the centre of a crime saga in the United States. More than 100 people in Missouri have been implicated in an international black market trade in American paddlefish eggs, which can easily masquerade as upmarket caviar.


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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alex Jones on March 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

    It is unfortunate to see the widespread separation of humanity from nature that is killing off so many species in rampant capitalist greed.



  2. While I do eat chicken eggs from time to time I have never figured out why we have to consume the eggs of so many animals to the point of extinction.



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