Fisherman catches ‘world’s largest freshwater fish’ measuring four metres long

In this photo provided by Wonders of the Mekong taken on June 14, 2022, a team of Cambodian and American scientists and researchers, along with Fisheries Administration officials prepare to release a giant freshwater stingray back into the Mekong River in the northeastern province of Stung Treng, Cambodia. A local fisherman caught the 661-pound (300-kilogram) stingray, which set the record for the world's largest known freshwater fish and earned him a $600 reward. (Chhut Chheana/Wonders of the Mekong via AP)

The giant stingray was a record-breaker weighing 300kgs and measuring four metres in length (Picture: AP)

The world’s largest recorded freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in Cambodia, according to scientists.

The record-breaking specimen was caught in the Mekong River on June 13.

It measured almost four metres from snout to tail and weighed slightly under 300 kilograms, according to a statement from Wonders of the Mekong, a joint Cambodian-US research project.

The previous record for a freshwater fish was a 293kg Mekong giant catfish, discovered in Thailand in 2005, the group said.

Freshwater fish are defined as those that spend their entire lives in freshwater, as opposed to giant marine species such as bluefin tuna and marlin, or fish that migrate between fresh and saltwater like the huge beluga sturgeon.

The stingray was snagged by a local fisherman south of Stung Treng in north-eastern Cambodia.

The fisherman alerted a nearby team of scientists from the Wonders of the Mekong project, which has publicised its conservation work in communities along the river.

Within hours of being alerted to the catch, scientists arrived at the scene and were amazed at what they saw.

Not your everyday catch (Picture: AP)

‘Yeah, when you see a fish this size, especially in freshwater, it is hard to comprehend, so I think all of our team was stunned,’ Zeb Hogan, who leads the Wonders of the Mekong project said in an online interview from the University of Nevada in Reno.

The university is partnering with the Cambodian Fisheries Administration and USAID, the US government’s international development agency.

The stingray’s catch was not just about setting a new record, Zeb added.

‘The fact that the fish can still get this big is a hopeful sign for the Mekong River.’

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Source:: Metro News

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