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Monday, May 17, 2010

The Sad Case Of Chinese Bahaba

Do you know that the Chinese Bahaba is a critically endangered fish whose swim bladder is believed to cure illnesses has been caught and sold for more than $500,000 in China. It was no get-rich scheme but a stroke of good fortune for whomever caught the rare Chinese Bahaba.

The 135-kilogram Chinese Bahaba (Bahaba Taipingensis), the first fish of its species caught in at least a year, was thought to be more than 50 years old. A fishery in Guangdong Zhanjiang purchased the fish for 3.45 million yuan. Now, at half a million each, these fish might be a good candidate for cloning.

The Bahaba's swim bladder is highly appreciated for its medicinal properties and as a general tonic for health. Its use in traditional Chinese medicine resulted in the species being heavily over-fished. No spawning populations of the fish are known, and there are likely to be few or no refuges remaining for recovery. 

This is sad really. Who is actually to blame? The buyer, the seller or the fishermen? For me,  I have long maintained that the only true sovereign remedy for cancer, impotence and old age can be found in the dried and powdered brains of a traditional Chinese herbalist. This is assuming that the Chinese herbalist HAS a brain! Evidently, he does not, judging from his behavior in driving animals to extinction and exhausting his supply of materials. What an idiot!!

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