Extinct Japanese salmon found Alive in lake after 70 years!

Black Kokanee Salmon

Black Kokanee Salmon

The freshwater salmon known as black kokanee once thrived in the northerly Akita region of Japan but was classified as extinct by the government in 1940.

However, a team of scientists led by professor Tetsuji Nakabo of Kyoto University has examined nine fish in Lake Saiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, and concluded they directly match the characteristics of the “extinct” salmon.

If confirmed, this would mark the first occasion that a Japanese fish species classified as extinct has been found to be alive, according to the Environment Ministry which is investigating the claims with a view to updating its classification.

Full Story: Japanese salmon declared extinct 70 years ago found swimming in lake.
Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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