Huge 300kg stingray and world’s ‘biggest freshwater fish’ caught in Cambodia

Huge 300kg stingray and world’s ‘biggest freshwater fish’ caught in Cambodia

Cambodian villagers on the Mekong River have caught what researchers say is the world’s biggest freshwater fish ever recorded, a stingray that weighed in at 300kg and took about a dozen men to haul to shore.

Christened Boramy – meaning “full moon” in the Khmer language – because of her bulbous shape, the four-metre long female was released back into the river after being electronically tagged to allow scientists to monitor her movement and behaviour.

In this photo provided by Wonders of the Mekong taken on June 14, 2022, a man touches a giant freshwater stingray before being released 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)
Camera IconA giant freshwater stingray before being released back into the Mekong River in the northeastern province of Stung Treng, Cambodia. Credit: Chhut Chheana/PA

“This is very exciting news because it was the world’s largest fish,” biologist Zeb Hogan, ex-host of the Monster Fish show on the National Geographic Channel and now part of a conservation project on the river, said.

“It is also exciting news because it means that this stretch of the Mekong is still healthy…. It is a sign of hope that these huge fish still live (here).”

Giant freshwater stingray in the Mekong River
Camera IconA giant freshwater stingray named Boramy – meaning “full moon” in the Khmer language – was released. Credit: PA

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.

“Yeah, when you see a fish this size, especially in freshwater, it is hard to understand so I think all of our team was stunned,” Hogan said in a separate interview.

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