4m in length, 300kg in weight… World’s largest freshwater fish discovered in Cambodia

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A giant stingray caught in the Mekong River… Release with sound tag

A super-large freshwater fish weighing 300 kg was caught in the Mekong River basin in Cambodia.

According to foreign media such as AFP on the 21st, a fisherman caught a stingray last week in the Mekong River in Stung Treng Province, northern Cambodia.

The stingray caught this time is 4 meters long from snout to tail and weighs 300 kg.

It is the largest freshwater fish caught in the world so far, according to a research team supported by the US government, ‘The Wonder of the Mekong’.

It weighs more than twice the average gorilla inhabiting the lowlands.

The previous record was set in 2005 by a 293 kg super-large catfish caught in the Mekong River in Thailand.

Last month, a stingray that was 4 meters long and weighed 180 kg was caught in the Mekong River in Stung Treng province.

“For the past 20 years, we have been studying large fish in rivers and lakes on six continents,” said Jeb Hogan, a ichthyologist who leads the Mekong wonder. Yes,” he said.

To study the behavior of the stingray, the research team attached an acoustic tag and released it back into the Mekong River.

More than 1,000 species of fish live in the Mekong River, and it is known that there are many freshwater fish such as large catfish, which are 3 meters long and weigh 270 kg, in addition to the stingray.

The Mekong River originates in China and flows south through Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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But in recent years, plastic waste and dam construction have put the fish ecosystem at risk, the news agency said.

/yunhap news

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