The Taiwan Landlocked Salmon

  • 17 March, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Curious John

Up in Taiwan’s central mountains in a few short sections of stream there lives a little fish that has lived in Taiwan for millennia seemingly against the odds. When reports of its existence reached the outside world in 1917, some experts thought there must have been some mistake. But there it is- the Taiwan landlocked salmon- a protected species so prized that it’s appeared on Taiwan’s currency. Now, a century after it first surprised scientists, the Taiwan landlocked salmon is the subject of an exhibit at the National Taiwan Museum. The exhibit looks at the fish’s habitat and history, its description by scientists, its recent comeback in numbers, and the threats it still faces today. Here this week to guide us through the exhibit is museum curator Hsieh Ying-tsung.