Weighing 300 kilograms and measuring nearly four metres, the largest freshwater stingray ray ever in history was captured in Cambodia. The information was released by the Wonders of the Mekong Project, which is responsible for cataloging the genre’s genres, today. Hunting, in turn, took place on the thirteenth.
According to National Geographic, the animal was captured by fisherman Mole Thun, 42, who lives on the remote island of Koh Preah along the Mekong River.
The man launched the Wonders of the Mekong project, a partnership of authorities and experts from the Asian country with American scientists.
After measuring and weighing the stingray, it was brought back into the wild with a tracker, which should record all of its movements and help experts better understand the behavior of the species’ animals in the area.
The fisherman responsible for the catch won a bounty of 600 US dollars (about 3.1 thousand Brazilian reals). Although the animal was caught with the help of a hook, it was in good health before it was released.
Before fishing for stingrays last week, the largest freshwater fish caught in the world was also found in Cambodia. In 2005, a giant catfish was found in the same river weighing 293 kg.
“The fishing shows how little we know about these giant freshwater fish,” researcher Zeb Hogan, of the University of Nevada, told NBC Inris.
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