Beautiful obsession: a 20-year mission in waters of Lake Tanganyika

Beautiful obsession: a 20-year mission in waters of Lake Tanganyika

Marine photographer Angel Fitor first saw endangered cichlids in a pet shop. Now his award-winning images could help save these fish

Lake Tanganyika is the world’s longest freshwater lake. It stretches for more than 400 miles across central Africa and provides a home for some of the planet’s most extraordinary aquatic creatures. But this remarkable refuge – and its inhabitants – are under threat.

Pesticide runoffs from farms, sewage and overexploitation by collectors for the ornamental fish trade are devastating life in the lake. In particular, these forces are driving many populations of cichlid fish – of which there are more than 240 species in Lake Tanganyika – to extinction.

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