Fishermen caught a giant fish, but scientists were impressed not only by the size

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June 23, 2022, 20:00 | In the world

The fish were later released.

Fishermen caught a giant fish, but scientists were impressed not only size

A fisherman from Cambodia noticed a giant fish – a stingray – in the Mekong River. A team of scientific fishermen helped to catch her, Ukr.Media informs.

They arrived at the place a few hours after a phone call from a concerned fisherman. And they were just amazed by what they saw in the water.

"I think our whole team was stunned,' said the lead researcher.

According to scientists, this is the largest freshwater fish in history. It reached almost four meters in length and weighed almost 300 kilograms. The fish was later released.

This stingray set a world record. The previous one belonged to a catfish caught in 2005 in the same river, but in Thailand, weighing 293 kilograms.

Scientists said that this is an impressive global event, which has a deeper meaning, because many species of giant freshwater fish are threatened with extinction. Yes, another contender for the title of largest fish, the Chinese paddlefish, was officially declared extinct in 2020.

The discovery and documentation of this stingray "is a wonderful and rare positive sign of hope, especially since it happened in the Mekong, a river that is currently facing many problems".

The fishermen caught giant fish, but scientists were impressed not only by the size

An acoustic tag was installed on the fish, which will allow the team to track its movements for the next year. The technology, which includes 36 listening devices installed along the Mekong and 3S rivers, will allow biologists to learn more about the behavior of this elusive creature.

By the way, it is a female. And she was fondly called “Borami'', which means “Full Moon''. The name was chosen because the round shape of the fish resembles the moon that was in the sky the day it was caught.

Fishermen caught a giant fish, but scientists were impressed not only by the size

And the fisherman himself received compensation in the amount of 600 dollars for releasing the fish.

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