Cambodian man catches world’s largest recorded freshwater fish
BANGKOK — The world’s largest recorded freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in Cambodia’s Mekong River, according to scientists from the Southeast Asian nation and the United States.
The stingray, captured on June 13, measured nearly 13 feet from snout to tail and weighed just under 660 pounds, according to a statement released Monday by Wonders of the Mekong, a joint Cambodian-American research project.
The previous record for a freshwater fish was a 646-pound giant Mekong catfish, discovered in Thailand in 2005, the group said.
The ray was caught by a local fisherman south of Stung Treng in northeast Cambodia. The fisherman alerted a nearby team of scientists from the Wonders of the Mekong project, which publicized its conservation work in communities along the river.
Scientists arrived hours after receiving a call after midnight with the news and were amazed at what they saw.
“Yeah, when you see a fish that size, especially in freshwater, it’s hard to understand, so I think our whole team was blown away,” Wonders of the Mekong frontman Zeb Hogan said in a post. online interview from the University of Nevada in Reno.
“The fact that the fish can still grow to this size is a sign of hope for the Mekong,” Hogan said, noting that the waterway faces many environmental challenges.
Local residents nicknamed the ray “Boramy” or “full moon” because of its round shape and because the moon was on the horizon when it was released on June 14. Along with the honor of catching the record holder, the lucky fisherman was compensated at the market rate, around $600.