Travel Blog

Taimen: Wolf of the river – Biggest fish of the freshwater


Taimen: Wolf of the river - Biggest fish of the freshwater

The taimen is known as a wolf of the river, which is the largest fish in Mongolia. The taimen is defined as a fish that measures the freshwater environment. In addition to feeding on weakly diseased animals in the aquatic environment, being healthy means that its habitat, water is fresh, aquatic animals are healthy and eco-friendly. The shape of the body is narrow, elongated, the head is narrow, the mouth is large and the upper and lower jaws are flat. The back is dark brown, with a fat horn next to the flag, and all the paddles are reddish. During breeding, the body turns copper red. Taimen take 6-7 years to reproduce and live more than 30 years

Therefore, as the body size increases, it migrates to deeper water. Baby taimen feed on aquatic invertebrates, and from the age of 4 they switch to eating meat, catching small fish and mammals.

In the spring, in late May and early June, when the river is low, the breeding ground gathers and the female lays 14,000 eggs, but only one or two are likely to survive natural selection. All tributaries of the Selenga River, the lakes of the Darkhad Depression, and the Buir Lake basin have 65-130 centimeters long and weigh 30-50 kilograms Taimens. In the Yeroo river basin, the Taimen are 100-170 centimeters long and weigh 40-60 kilograms. In the lower reaches of the river, taimen build their nests in gravel, squeeze their eggs, and leave. These caviar feed on the protein in their eggs and become fish. They do not feed during the breeding season, eat less during the summer and eat better in the fall.

It lives mainly in the deep parts of rivers and bays, which are fast-flowing, high-altitude, oxygen-rich, and clear cold water. Taimen meat contains 20.6 percent protein, 6.9 percent fat and 1.3 percent minerals. In recent years, volunteer organizations have been set up to protect the fish, which has become so endangered. In Mongolia, Taimen fishing trips are well developed, and regulations issued by the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism require tourists to obtain a license and pay a fee.

Back to list