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Mekong Villagers Land Heaviest Ever Freshwater Fish | World Information | gadgetfee

(Reuters) – Cambodian villagers on the Mekong River have caught what researchers say is the world’s largest freshwater fish ever recorded, a stingray that weighed in at 300kg (661 lb) and took round a dozen males to haul to shore.

Christened Boramy – which means “full moon” within the Khmer language – due to her bulbous form, the four-metre (13-foot) lengthy feminine was launched again into the river after being electronically tagged to permit scientists to observe her motion and behavior.

“That is very thrilling information as a result of it was the world’s largest fish,” mentioned biologist Zeb Hogan, ex-host of the “Monster Fish” present on the Nationwide Geographic Channel and now a part of a conservation undertaking on the river.

“It’s also thrilling information as a result of it signifies that this stretch of the Mekong continues to be wholesome…. It’s a signal of hope that these big fish nonetheless dwell (right here).”

Boramy, netted final week off Koh Preah, an island alongside the northern Cambodian stretch of the river, took the report from a 293 kg big catfish that was caught upstream in northern Thailand in 2005.

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The Mekong has the third-most numerous fish inhabitants on the earth, in line with its River Fee, although overfishing, air pollution, saltwater intrusion and sediment depletion have triggered shares to plummet.

(Reporting by Kwang Jiraporn Kuhakan; Modifying by Kanupriya Kapoor and John Stonestreet)

Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.

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