It also has itty bitty split hooves.

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Scientists at Hebrew University are helping to raise Israel’s first sturgeon population at Kibbutz Dan in the Upper Galilee. Female sturgeon produce caviar, and the average fish can produce $3,000 worth of caviar a year. The kibbutz is now raising 40,000 sturgeon in outdoor pools. fish_eggs.jpg

The only problem? Most scholars agree that sturgeon isn’t kosher. Sturgeon don’t have visible scales, and it doesn’t make most lists of kosher fish.

However, Professors Berta Levavi-Sivan, the woman behind the project, disagrees.

“If you ask me, it’s kosher! I can even prove it has scales,” she says, insisting that the sturgeon does in fact have tiny scales that can be viewed with a stereoscope.  A number of Jewish sages – including the 12th century Jewish rabbi and scholar Maimonides – approved the kashrut of a fish called the “esturgeon.” However, it has yet to be determined whether this is the same fish as the sturgeon. (MORE)

Now if only I could get a researcher to look at a chicken Caesar salad with stereoscope to prove that chicken and cheese can’t possibly come from the same animal.

Posted on September 9, 2008

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