Monday, 31 January 2011

Species-proving Kunimasu trout goes on display in Japan

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Copyright: © 2011, The Yomiuri Shimbun.
Published: 01/29/11

KOFU, Japan — One of the fish that helped prove the long-lost species of kunimasu trout still exists went on display Saturday as part of a local festival in Fuji-Kawaguchikomachi, Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan.

The specimen put on display at Saiko Wild Birds' Forest Park as part of a juhyo (frost-covered tree) festival in Fuji-Kawaguchikomachi is a male kunimasu trout about 26 to 27 centimeters long.

It is one of nine fish caught in Saiko lake in the prefecture in March that were ultimately found to be kunimasu trout by Kyoto University Prof. Tetsuji Nakabo and Sakana-kun, a TV personality and guest associate professor at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology.

Kunimasu trout were thought to have become extinct 70 years ago, but they were proven to be living in the lake in December.

Ice sculptures of kunimasu trout and Sakana-kun also are on display at the park.

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