CambodiaA group of fishermen in Stung Treng province were shocked when they caught an endangered giant freshwater stingray measuring 4m long and weighing 180kg.
A group of fishermen caught a female stingray, one of Southeast Asia’s largest and rarest fish, last week in Cambodia’s northeastern Stung Treng province, scientists said today. Animals that devour small fish are hooked on hooks as bait and caught by a group of fishermen.
An international team of experts from the U.S.-funded Mekong Wonders Project worked with fishermen to remove hooks from stingrays before weighing, measuring and releasing them back into the river.
The Mekong is an important habitat for species large and small, but researchers still don’t fully understand the ecology of the ecosystem, says project leader Zeb Hogan, a fish biologist at the University of Nevada. water of the river. “It’s an unexplored and underappreciated world,” he said.
The river is home to more than 1,000 species of fish, and aerial stingrays aren’t the only giant creatures lurking in these alluvial-rich waters. Mekong giant catfish and carp can grow up to three meters in length and weigh up to 270 kilograms.
The team said the stingray was hooked in an 80-meter-deep area, and there may have been even larger creatures. But they also warned that underwater video showed fishermen threatening fish with plastic waste and nets left in the deepest parts of the Mekong.
The Mekong River originates in China and flows south through Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, providing livelihoods for some 60 million people.
Xuanle (according to AFP)