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World's largest recorded freshwater fish caught in Cambodia

By T.K. Randall
June 21, 2022 · Comment icon 6 comments

This is one enormous fish. Image Credit: Facebook / Wonders of the Mekong
The gargantuan stingray - which was caught in the Mekong river - has set a new world record.
Measuring a whopping 13ft from tail to snout and weighing in at 300kg (nearly a third of a ton), this absolutely massive fish was caught by local fishermen to the south of Stung Treng.

Footage recorded of the catch shows the enormous creature - which resembles a huge grey disc - being viewed by a crowd of locals who had gathered to witness the spectacle for themselves.

The animal was kept alive on a semi-submerged tarp at the edge of the river while it was carefully weighed and measured before being released once the process was complete.
It was also tagged with an electronic tracking device so that scientists can keep an eye on it.

"When you see a fish this size, especially in freshwater, it is hard to comprehend, so I think all of our team was stunned," said Zeb Hogan, leader of Wonders of the Mekong.

Locals have nicknamed the stingray "Boramy", meaning "full moon".

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Comment icon #1 Posted by acute 2 years ago
Yeah, right..... "It was this big!"
Comment icon #2 Posted by Likely Guy 2 years ago
Maybe the largest fresh water fish in Cambodia. Fraser River White Sturgeon are bigger.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Eldorado 2 years ago
The report is not about the largest freshwater fish in the world, it's about the biggest one caught and recorded.  ""In 20 years of researching giant fish in rivers and lakes on six continents, this is the largest freshwater fish that we've encountered or that's been documented anywhere worldwide," said Zeb Hogan, a biologist who leads Wonders of the Mekong, a USAID-funded conservation project."
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
When you see a big freshwater fish like that, no wonder we have aquatic monsters folklores. Rays are quite shy and can be observed rarely. Sturgeon are known to jump so sighting is more spectacular and less sinister than a monster creeping only in the deep.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Still Waters 2 years ago
The Mekong River seems to be a hot spot for large stingrays. It was only last month they caught another one, only not quite as big.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by Aardvark-DK 2 years ago
You need a lot of fries for that one....

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