Extinct Salmon Species Re-discovered

The black Kokanee, a species of salmon native to Japan, has been believed extinct since 1940. On Wednesday Tetsuji Nakabo, a science professor at Kyro University found a sizeable population of the fish 310 miles south of the black kokanee's native lake.

The species was believed to have died out when its native lake in northern Akita Prefecture became too acidic to inhabit.

Officials say that the population is large enough that as long as the conditions in Lake Saiko remain the same the species will remain self sustainable.

This salmon is a dark olive green color with black spots on its back. Kokanee can grow to be about a foot long

Lake Saiko is a popular tourist destination for the hot spring baths and Fiji views but for the angler visiting the area Nakabo has hopes that this fragile species of salmon will not be targeted.

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