Cambodian fisherman catches the biggest freshwater fish ever caught in the world

Researchers believe the 13-foot-long, 661-pound stingray snagged in Cambodia earlier this month is the world’s largest freshwater fish ever caught, NBC News reports.

The female stingray was caught on June 13 by 42-year-old fisherman Moul Thun near the remote island of Koh Preah in the Mekong River. According at CNN, a dozen people helped retrieve the stingray, which has been given the name “Boramy,” or “full moon” in the Khmer language, a tribute to its unique shape.

After Boramy was brought ashore, researchers from the Wonders of the Mekong were contacted. They were already in northern Cambodia on a separate project and had previously asked local fishermen to contact them in case they found anything significant in the area. The research team has contributed to two major stingray discoveries, but neither case comes close to Thun’s catch.

Boramy was measured, weighed and tagged by researchers before being released into the river. The beacon will now be used to track the movement of the stingray and learn more about its behavior. Zeb Hogan, a fish biologist at the University of Nevada, said the record catch “shows how little we know about many of these giant freshwater fish”.

“You have a fish that is now the record holder for the largest freshwater fish in the world, and we don’t know much about it,” Hogan added.

The previous record for the largest freshwater fish ever caught belonged to a nine-foot-long, 646-pound catfish, which was found in northern Thailand in 2005.

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