The Chinese Paddle Fish Is Now the World’s First Species to Go Extinct In 2020

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Climate change, global warming and humans consuming the earth’s resources are leading to several species going extinct because of loss of habitat or lack of natural prey and food. Till now you may have thought only Rhinos and other animals were going extinct but in the oceans and seas, there are some amazing species that are about to end too. Chinese scientists have declared that the unique Chinese paddlefish that was abundant in the Yangtze River is now extinct. This makes it officially the first species to go extinct in 2020.

1The paddlefish went extinct between 2005 and 2010

One of the scientists responsible for findings was Hui Zhang working along with colleagues from The Chinese Academy of Fisheries Sciences. A report was tabled by them in the beginning of the year that revealed the Chinese Paddlefish went extinct between 2005 and 2010. The research met the criteria of the International Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that determines credibility and authenticity and was subsequently published in the Journal Science of the Total environment March 2020 edition.

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2The main reasons for its extinction

Some of the man reasons why the paddlefish has gone extinct are because of pollution, overfishing, and habitat loss. Moreover, because of no species left or even specimens in captivity, a breeding program is also almost impossible because that could have led to the river being restocked and the species saved.

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3It was a large fish known as the elephant

The paddlesfish was quite large and one of its features was a big nose. Because of this, it was named “the elephant” and even grew to a whopping 23 feet long. This made it one of the largest freshwater species in the world along with the sturgeon and alligator. One mounted specimen of the fish is shown below and taken from the Hydrobiological Sciences, Wuhan Institute of Hydrobiology of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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