Cambodian villagers on the Mekong River have caught what researchers say is the world’s largest freshwater fish ever recorded, a stingray that weighed in at 300kg (661 lb) and took round a dozen males to haul to shore.
Christened Boramy – which means “full moon” within the Khmer language – due to her bulbous form, the four-metre (13-foot) lengthy feminine was launched again into the river after being electronically tagged to permit scientists to watch her motion and conduct.
“That is very thrilling information as a result of it was the world’s largest fish,” stated biologist Zeb Hogan, ex-host of the “Monster Fish” present on the Nationwide Geographic Channel and now a part of a conservation challenge on the river.
“It’s also thrilling information as a result of it implies that this stretch of the Mekong remains to be wholesome…. It’s a signal of hope that these large fish nonetheless reside (right here).”
Boramy, netted final week off Koh Preah, an island alongside the northern Cambodian stretch of the river, took the report from a 293 kg large catfish that was caught upstream in northern Thailand in 2005.
The Mekong has the third-most various fish inhabitants on the planet, in keeping with its River Fee, although overfishing, air pollution, saltwater intrusion and sediment depletion have brought about shares to plummet.
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