The world’s largest recorded freshwater fish, an enormous stingray, has been caught within the Mekong River in Cambodia, in line with scientists from the Southeast Asian nation and america. (See pictures beneath.)
The stingray, captured on June 13, measured virtually 4 meters (13 toes) from snout to tail and weighed just below 300 kilograms (660 kilos), in line with a press release Monday by Wonders of the Mekong, a joint Cambodian-U.S. analysis mission.
The earlier document for a freshwater fish was a 293-kilogram (646-pound) Mekong large catfish, found in Thailand in 2005, the group mentioned. The stingray was snagged by an area fisherman south of Stung Treng in northeastern Cambodia.
The stingray was snagged by an area fisherman south of Stung Treng in northeastern Cambodia. The fisherman, who earned $600 for the catch, alerted a close-by group of scientists from the Wonders of the Mekong mission, which has publicized its conservation work in communities alongside the river.
“Whenever you see a fish this dimension, particularly in freshwater, it’s laborious to understand, so I feel all of our group was shocked,” Wonders of the Mekong chief Zeb Hogan mentioned in a web based interview from the College of Nevada in Reno. The college is partnering with the Cambodian Fisheries Administration and USAID, the U.S. authorities’s worldwide improvement company.
Freshwater fish are outlined as people who spend their total lives in freshwater, versus large marine species corresponding to bluefin tuna and marlin, or fish that migrate between recent and saltwater like the massive beluga sturgeon.
The group that rushed to the location inserted a tagging machine close to the tail of the mighty fish earlier than releasing it. The machine will ship monitoring data for the following yr, offering unprecedented knowledge on large stingray conduct in Cambodia.
“The truth that the fish can nonetheless get this huge is a hopeful signal for the Mekong River, ” Hogan mentioned, noting that the waterway faces many environmental challenges.