A Cambodian has caught the largest stingray ever caught

The giant stingray, caught on June 13, measured nearly four meters from the tip of its nose to the tip of its tail and weighed just over 300 kilos, according to a statement released on Monday by the US-Cambodian research project Wonders of the Mekong.

The previous record for a freshwater fish was a 293-kilo catfish, also caught in the Mekong in 2005, but this time in Thailand, the group said.

The stingray was caught by a local fisherman south of Stung Treng in northeast Cambodia. The fisherman informed researchers of Wonders of the Mekong.

The scientists arrived a few hours later and were amazed by what they saw.

When you see a fish that size, especially in fresh water, it’s hard to understand, so I think the whole team was amazed. »

A quote from Zeb Hogan, manager of Wonders of the Mekong

Mr Hogan added that he is cheap that a fish in the Mekong can still reach this size as the river faces several environmental threats, including the construction of a new dam that could harm breeding sites.

% des poissons d’eau douce de la planète sont menacés d’extinction, et toutes les espèces du Mékong le sont”,”text”:”Les gros poissons sont menacés à travers le monde. Ces espèces ont une grande valeur économique. Ils mettent beaucoup de temps à arriver à maturité. Donc si on les pêche avant leur maturité, ils n’ont pas la chance de se reproduire, a expliqué M. Hogan. Plusieurs de ces gros poissons sont migratoires, donc ils ont besoin de grands territoires pour survivre. Ils souffrent de voir leurs habitats fragmentés, par exemple par des barrages, et aussi, évidemment, de la surpêche. Environ 70% des poissons d’eau douce de la planète sont menacés d’extinction, et toutes les espèces du Mékong le sont”}}”>Big fish are endangered worldwide. These species have great economic value. They take a long time to mature. So if you catch them before they’re fully grown, they don’t have a chance to reproduce, Hogan said. Many of these large fish are migratory fish, so they need large territories to survive. They suffer from the fragmentation of their habitats, for example due to dams, and of course from overfishing. About 70% of the world’s freshwater fish are threatened with extinction, and all species in the Mekong are.

Close up of the stingray found in the Mekong River in Cambodia.

Photo: via Reuters / CHHUT CHHEANA/MIRACLES OF THE MEKONG

The team that attended the crime scene fixed a small tracking device near the stingray’s tail before releasing it. The device will transmit data for a year that will provide data on the behavior of stingrays in central Cambodia.

dernières années, a dit M. Hogan. On la retrouve à travers l’Asie du Sud-Est, mais on ne sait presque rien à son sujet. On ne sait rien de sa vie. On ne sait rien de son écologie, de sa migration.”,”text”:”Nous comprenons très mal la pastenague géante. Son nom, et même son nom scientifique, a changé à plusieurs reprises au cours des 20dernières années, a dit M. Hogan. On la retrouve à travers l’Asie du Sud-Est, mais on ne sait presque rien à son sujet. On ne sait rien de sa vie. On ne sait rien de son écologie, de sa migration.”}}”>We have a very poor understanding of the giant ray. Its name — and even its scientific name — has changed many times over the past 20 years, Hogan said. It is found throughout Southeast Asia, but almost nothing is known about it. Nothing is known about his life. Nothing is known about its ecology, its migration.

Researchers say this is the fourth giant stingray reported from the same area in two months. They think it might be a breeding ground for the species.

Local residents called the stingray Boramy, e.g full moonbecause of its round shape and because the moon was hovering on the horizon when it was released on June 14th.

In addition to the honor of setting a record, the lucky fisherman was rewarded by market value, receiving the equivalent of $600.

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