“It’s hard to comprehend,” a man says after reeling in a 660-pound stingray, the world’s largest freshwater fish
According to scientists from Cambodia and the United States, the world’s largest freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia.
According to a statement released Monday by Wonders of the Mekong, a collaborative Cambodian-US research project, the stingray reached about four meters (13 feet) from snout to tail and weighed just under 300 kilograms (660 pounds).
The scientists arrived within hours of receiving the news, and they were astounded by what they found.
In an online interview from the University of Nevada in Reno, Wonders of the Mekong leader Zeb Hogan remarked, “When you see a fish this huge, especially in freshwater, it is hard to fathom, so I think all of our team was stunned.” The university is collaborating with the Cambodian Fisheries Administration and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Freshwater fish, as opposed to gigantic marine species like bluefin tuna and marlin, or fish that migrate between fresh and saltwater like the massive beluga sturgeon, spend their whole lives in freshwater.
He explained that the stingray’s catch World’s largest freshwater fish) wasn’t only about breaking a record.
“The fact that the fish can still grow to this size is an encouraging sign for the Mekong River,” Hogan added, stressing that the river is beset by environmental issues.
The crew who hurried to the scene implanted a tagging device near the enormous fish’s tail, which will transmit tracking data for the next year, offering unprecedented data on gigantic stingray behavior in Cambodia.
“The huge stingray is a fish that is largely unknown. In the last 20 years, its name, including its scientific name, has changed numerous times “Hogan remarked. “It’s prevalent all over Southeast Asia, but we know very little about it. We don’t know anything about its past. We have no idea about its ecology or migration patterns.”
It’s the fourth female big stingray to be discovered in the same location in the last two months, according to researchers. This could be a spawning center for the species, according to the researchers.