300 Kilogram Giant Stingray Found in Mekong River, Becomes World’s Largest – Boombastis

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Researchers are measuring the largest stingray. [Sumber Gambar]


Life under water can be said to be full of mysteries. Some living fish species have been identified, but many are still a mystery. No wonder there are many interesting discoveries about river or sea life.

Recently, a local fisherman in Cambodia found a very large stingray in the Mekong River. In fact, the stingray is lined up as the largest freshwater fish in the world. How big is the stingray and how can it live to be so big? Check out the full explanation below.

Freshwater stingray weighing 300 kilograms

Precisely on June 13, 2022, local fishermen found a giant stingray on Koh Preah Island, Cambodia. He immediately informed the marine researchers. The research team came and started measuring the stingray. Apparently, the giant stingray is up to 4 meters long and weighs up to 300 kilograms.

Researchers are measuring the largest stingray. [Sumber Gambar]

Although there is no official data on the largest freshwater fish, the stingray in the Mekong River is said to be the largest freshwater fish in the world. The discovery beat the record for the discovery of a giant catfish in 2005 which was also found in the Mekong River area of ​​Thailand. The catfish from the Mekong River weighs about 293 kilograms.

Conservation on the Mekong River

Giant stingray populations have declined in other parts of Southeast Asia. The main factors are pollution, building dams, and overfishing. The discovery of a giant stingray, shows that the flow of the Mekong River is still relatively healthy. Apparently, researchers are doing conservation in the Mekong River by creating a project called “The Wonders of the Mekong” which was funded by the United States Agency for International Development. They also work closely with the Fisherman’s Administration of Cambodia.

The Mekong River is the border of several countries. [Sumber Gambar]
The Mekong River is the border of several countries. [Sumber Gambar]

In fact, fishermen who inform about the discovery of giant stingrays in the Mekong River, get money as compensation. Of course, after measuring the fish, they are released back into the river. Previously, researchers had installed tracking devices to further study the life of the giant stingray.

Life on the Mekong Sungai

The Mekong River starts from China to Tibet and becomes the international border between Myanmar and Laos and Laos and Thailand. This 4,350 km long river flows in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. There are approximately 1,000 species of fish that live in the Mekong River. Ranging from small to large fish, one of which is a stingray. These fish live in the Mekong River area which has many sources of food for them.

The largest freshwater fish are found in the Mekong River, Cambodia. [Sumber Gambar]
The largest freshwater fish are found in the Mekong River, Cambodia. [Sumber Gambar]

Not only fish, there are also many people who live above the Mekong River. They build wooden houses on the river and use simple wooden boats to move around. Most live in the Mekong Delta area, Vietnam and the Khorat Plateau, Thailand.

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If the river environment is clean, the habitat of fish and other animals can live well. Maybe in the future other giant fish will be found in the Mekong River and other rivers in the world.