An air-breathing fish which was once thought to be the missing link between fish and amphibians is set to go on show at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port.
The bizarre bichir fish have been described as ‘living fossils’ because they are thought to resemble the ancient amphibians which first colonised the land more than 400 million year ago.
As well as basic lungs, the fish are also capable of surviving indefinitely out of water and can even adapt their fins to walk on land.
Also known as ropefish, the freshwater species are mainly found in the Congo basin area of central Africa.
A total of seven of the fascinating fish were privately donated to the aquarium. They will spend time in quarantine before going on public display.
“We’ve been donated two barred bichir, a Senegal bichir and four ornate bichir.
“Ornate bichir are the largest species and can grow up to 60cm in length.
“All bichir have lungs and can survive for significant periods out of water, some species can live out of water indefinitely if they’re kept moist.
“They’re also sometimes known as “dragon fish” due to their unusual appearance.
"Their skin is like armour, and it has even been studied to help improve personal armour worn by police forces,”
A shipment of chemicals stockpiled to make weapons has arrived in the country for destruction in Cheshire.
Two hundred tonnes of material removed from war-torn Syria is being held at a military port in Southampton.
From there it will be moved to the Veolia incineration plant at Ellesmere Port.
The company has said it believes the process is safe.
Sebastian Bendou confessed to killing fellow French national Christophe Borgye after an argument. Borgye's body was buried, under a shed, in the garden of the house they shared in Ellesmere Port. Ashley Derricott followed the case at Preston Crown Court.
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The detective in charge of the case, DCI Gwyn Dodd says it was an extraordinary case. Sebastian Bendou who admitted killing his housemate was acting under the control of another man Dominic Kocher. Kocher admitted his part in the murder at an earlier hearing.
Christophe Borgye's body was buried under a shed, in the garden of the house he shared with Bendou in Ellesmere Port. Sebastian Bendou has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 14 years.
Bendou confessed to killing last year after burying his victim in a concrete tomb 4 years earlier, told police he couldn't live with guilt.
Sebastian Bendou sentenced to min 14 years of life term for murder of fellow French national Christophe Borgye in Ellesmere Port in 2009...
Car manufacturer Vauxhall has announced 300 new jobs will be created at its plant in Cheshire.
The Ellesmere Port plant will increase its workforce ahead of the production of a new Astra model.
The new jobs will be phased in over the first quarter of 2015.
Last month, the company celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first car at the plant.
Ellesmere Port boxer Paul Butler has a world title shot up in Newcastle tomorrow.
He is taking on the IBF Bantamweight champion, Stuart Hall, at the Metro Arena.
It is only the second time Butler has fought at this weight.
Car maker Vauxhall are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first car at Ellesmere Port.
Workers have re-enacted the moment the first car came off the production line with the same signage and a white Vauxhall Viva alongside a new white Vauxhall Astra, the production car of 2014.