Updated 21.06.2022 at 06:25
- In the mystical Mekong, the fisherman catches a giant stingray.
- When scientists put it on the scale, they are amazed.
- His short vacation on the coast has a happy ending.
The fisherman caught the largest freshwater fish in the world ever recorded in the Mekong River in Cambodia. According to the American-Cambodian research project “Wonders of the Mekong”, the animal is a giant freshwater stingray, which is almost four meters long and weighs almost 300 kilograms.
The female was captured on June 13 in the northeast of the country. The previous record was held by the 293-kilo giant catfish from the Mekong, which was caught in 2005 in northern Thailand.
Expert: “Proves that these acutely threatened giants still exist”
The latest finding left the “Wonders of the Mekong” team speechless, according to research project chief Zeb Hogan, as quoted by National Geographic magazine.
An expert from the University of Nevada has been documenting large freshwater fish for nearly two decades. The catch gives new hope, he stressed: “It proves that these acutely threatened underwater giants still exist.”
Unlike the giant catfish in Thailand, the giant stingray was not killed and eaten, but released back into the wild equipped with an acoustic monitoring device. “When a stingray passes through our network of 36 recipients, we can collect data on its migration and behavior for the first time,” the statement said.
“Boramy” was released back into the wild at full moon
The fish was christened “Boramy”, which means “full moon” in Khmer – not only is it round in shape, but it was also released back into the Mekong during the recent full moon. In Cambodia, the term is also used for beautiful women.
“When people see these animals exist and realize how incredible they are, they are inspired,” Hogan said. “A fish that broke the record in 2005 was killed and its meat sold.” Scientists will observe the new record holder on her way down the river. “It’s such a contrast. It means it’s not all lost yet.” (dpa / ank)
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