Largest Freshwater Fish Caught in Cambodia

National Geographic announced on Sunday that a fisherman in northern Cambodia caught the world’s largest recorded freshwater fish.

Moul Thun, a 42-year-old fisherman from Koh Preah, caught a 661-pound freshwater stingray which measures roughly 13 feet in length, near a remote island on the Mekong River in the Stung Treng area.

NBC News reported that Thun caught the giant stingray with a hook and line on June 13 and reached out to the Wonders of the Mekong researchers the following morning. 

NBC News added that a team of scientists from the Wonders of the Mekong research project assisted in tagging, measuring, and weighing the stingray before it was released into the river and believes it was healthy when released and expects it to survive.

National Geographic reported that Zeb Hogan, a research biologist at the University of Nevada and a National Geographic Explorer, said the freshwater stingray’s discovery filled him with hope. 

“It proves these underwater leviathans, which are in critical danger, still exist,” Hogan said.

Hogan said there is little information known about the giant freshwater stingray, which has a mouth about the ‘size of a banana’ with no teeth, but with gripping pads used to crush prey.

“They’re on the bottom finding shrimps, mollusks, and small fish. They can suck them up with this banana-shaped mouth and crush them,” Hogan said. 

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