In Cambodia, fishermen caught a giant stingray in the Mekong River. 4 meters long, the animal was released.
The Mekong is one of the longest rivers in Asia and is home to the most important aquatic biodiversity in the world after the Amazon, with more than 1,000 different species of fish. Some parts of the river can reach 80 meters in depth, where even larger aquatic species live.
In Cambodia, fishermen wanted to catch some fish in this river. However, they did not expect such a catch.
They are fishing for a giant stingray
Indeed, the fishermen accidentally caught a giant stingray . The animal had swallowed a smaller fish, which had taken the fishermen’s bait. This giant ray was 4 meters long and weighed 180 kilos, making it one of the largest freshwater fish in the world.
After being weighed and measured by a team of scientists present on site, the giant ray was returned to the water. Indeed, the freshwater stingray is a protected species and threatened by overfishing , pollution caused by the presence of plastic waste, and the loss of its habitat. Mekong fish are also threatened by the construction of a dozen dams in China, Laos and Cambodia.
Amazing, isn’t it?