Heartbreaking photos show faces of animals on the verge of extinction
It used to be possible to find 16-feet-long Beluga sturgeon in and around the Black and Caspian Seas. But those giants are gone, and the small ones still around are threatened by people who harvest their valuable eggs. (Photo by Tim Flach) via @AOL_Lifestyle Read more: https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/11/15/stunning-new-photos-show-the-faces-of-animals-on-the-verge-of-extinction/23276903/?a_dgi=aolshare_pinterest#fullscreen
Beluga Sturgeon. [CR] The beluga is the largest European freshwater fish. The beluga is a huge and late-maturing fish that can live for 118 years. Over harvesting of Beluga caviar, which is the eggs of the sturgeon, has caused a 90% decline in beluga sturgeon populations. Unfortunately the fish must be killed in order to retrieve the eggs. The trade in beluga caviar is worth some 100 million annually. The U.S. is the biggest consumer of these precious salted sturgeon eggs.
Colour: Caviar... Code: SW 6990... Caviar: "Fine delicacy!"... Quick Fact: Caviar is a delicacy consisting of salt-cured fish-eggs of the Acipenseridae family. The rarest and costliest is from beluga sturgeon that swim in the Caspian Sea, which is bordered by Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan.