300-kilo ray in Cambodia – Largest freshwater fish in the world caught in the Mekong – News

  • A fisherman has caught the world’s largest freshwater fish ever recorded in the Mekong River in Cambodia.
  • The animal is a giant freshwater stingray, almost four meters long and weighing almost 300 kilograms.
  • The female was caught on June 13th in the northeast of the country. The previous record was held by a 293-kilogram Mekong giant catfish.

Legend:

“When people see these animals exist and realize how amazing they are, they get inspired,” says Zeb Hogan.

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The latest find has left the team of the US-Cambodian research project “Wonders of the Mekong” (Wonders of the Mekong) speechless, the magazine “National Geographic” quotes the head of the research project, Zeb Hogan.

The catch gives new hope, he emphasizes: “It proves that these acutely endangered underwater giants still exist.” Unlike the giant catfish, the giant ray was not killed and eaten, but released back into the wild equipped with an acoustic tracking device.

People hold the fish in a plastic sheet filled with water.

Legend:

Scientists watch the new record holder as she travels down the river. “It’s such a contrast. It means all is not lost.”

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The fish was christened “Boramy”, which means “full moon” in Khmer – because not only is its body shape round, but it was also released back into the Mekong during the most recent full moon. In Cambodia, the term is also used for beautiful women.

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