A 661-pound stingray was caught in a Cambodian river and is believed to be the largest freshwater fish found by researchers. That’s fish you don’t want to mess with.
Scientists part of the Wonders of Mekong research project were installing underwater receivers to track migratory fish in the Mekong River. They asked local fisherman in the northern Cambodia region to get into contact if any significant catches were made.
Well, one fish definitely made an impact on locals. The group was contact by a 42-year-old fisherman that managed to catch a 661-pound giant stingray in the Stung Treng area. The scientists paid the fisherman for the catch and released the stingray back into the water once it was weighed, measured and tagged.
Wonders of Mekong researcher Zeb Hogan, a fish biologist at the University of Nevada and host of National Geographic’s Monster Fish television series, said the massive fish could help researchers learn more about giant stingrays.
“You have a fish that’s now the record holder for the world’s largest freshwater fish, and we know little about it,” Hogan said.
Before this notable catch, the largest freshwater fish on record was a 646-pound Mekong giant catfish found in Thailand in 2005.