June 20, 2022 at 6:08 PM
Cambodian fishermen caught a 300 kg ray last week. According to biologists, it is the largest fish ever caught in fresh water.
The 4 meter long stingray was caught on Koh Preah, an island in northern Cambodia on the Mekong River. It originates in Tibet and crosses China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for nearly 5,000 kilometers further into the South China Sea.
It took twelve people to land the huge fish. The animal was nicknamed “Boramy” (“Full Moon” in Khmer, the language of Cambodia). After scientists inserted a microchip, she was released back into the river. The chip allows researchers to track its movements and behavior.
“It’s very exciting because it’s the biggest fish in the world,” said a biologist involved in the project to keep the Mekong River clean. “It’s very encouraging to see such a big fish live healthy and well in the Mekong.”
The previous record for the largest fish caught was held by a 293 kilogram catfish. He was captured in Thailand in 2005.