Mississippi paddlefish

  • The Mississippi paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) is originally from North America, notably the Mississippi. Particularly in the Missouri River and its tributaries, paddlefish usually lives at the intersection between the tributaries and the main river where water flows slowly and with rich water organisms.

    Paddlefish is a cartilaginous fish with meek character. It has a flat and well-developed elongated snout about a third of the length of its entire body. The snout, or rostrum, looks like a spatula and has a large amount of sensor for identifying the density of food sources. A paddlefish of ten years or older is about 130-180cm long, 10-20kg big. The biggest one can be 60kg.
  • The Mississippi paddlefish has no luster scales, its "mouth" is the snout, known as the rostrum, is long and flat, looking like a spatula. As it looks like the bill of a duck, it is also called the duck-bill sturgeon in China. It has high economic value and sweet meat; its rostrum especially has rich collagens and is a supreme dish. In fact, all parts of the paddlefish can be consumed; and its eggs are perfect ingredients for caviar.
  • The Mississippi paddlefish is a pure freshwater fish which mainly lives at the upper part of the water. It is very sensitive to changes in the water flow, water level and flow capacity. Therefore, it usually migrates within a short distance. As a strainer, the paddlefish mainly consumes plankton.

    It has a big mouth, but very small eyes, so it has poor vision. Its forehead is higher than the head. Its mouth can neither stretch nor contract. After taming, it mainly consumes floating bait. It is very interesting when it turns over its body to eat; i.e. its belly faces upward when it eats. Therefore, it's fun and lovely to look at.