Located in an islet in the Huangbo River in the Yiling District of the city in Yichang, Hubei province, the Chinese Sturgeon Museum is a 3-A-level tourist spot which keeps 7 kinds of sturgeons including American Polyodon Sturgeons, Russia Sturgeons, Heilongjiang Sturgeons, Hybrid Sturgeons, etc. Crocodile exhibition and aquarium exhibition are set inside the Chinese Sturgeon Museum, where you can see national first-level protected Yangzi crocodile and some huge-type Wan crocodile and all kinds of the tropical fishes. Besides, there are also some national second-level-protected animals such as giant salamander and myxocyprinus.
The Chinese Sturgeon Museum is a part of the Chinese Sturgeon Research Center that preserves rare fishes living in the Yangtze River. The Chinese Sturgeon is one of the oldest species of fish in China what has existing for about 150 million years. It is a kind of specie between the transition of the soft-bone fishes and tough-bone fishes. It is called the living fossil for its being survived until nowadays.
Because of its huge size, the Chinese sturgeon has been dubbed “The King of Fishes” in the Yangtze River. You cannot imagine how huge it is! And you will never believe that an adult sturgeon be more than 5 meters in length with its weight more than 500 kilograms. May you now nothing about the process of the spawn of a female Chinese sturgeon, right? Yeah, its first time to become sexually mature at the age of 14 and lays about a million eggs at one time but unfortunately, of which one hundred thousand eggs that do survive and only a handful of the hatched surgeon fingerlings will survive the crucial first stages. Is it unbelievable about the difficult survival of the Chinese sturgeon? It is true! So, just do something you can to protect it from being extinguished when you have a visit there!
Tips for visiting the Chinese Sturgeon Museum: 1) Tickets: 25 RMB/ person. 2) Take the No.4 city bus to the Sturgeon Research Center and then get off the bus.