China’s appetite for fish bladder endangers totoaba

Atlas Obscura – The endangered totoaba, native to Mexico’s Gulf of California, is so popular in China that smugglers risk 20-year jail sentences and $250,000 fines to bring it there. Chinese value their yellow plate-sized bladders, which they refer to as “fish maw,” for their high collagen content, thought by some to boost fertility, smooth pregnancy discomforts, improve the skin and cure joint pain, among other things.

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