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Fishermen catch 661-pound stingray, the world’s largest freshwater fish

Fishermen catch 661-pound stingray, the world's largest freshwater fish
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That’s a big fish.

Fishermen in northern Cambodia reportedly caught a 661-pound freshwater stingray in the Mekong earlier this month.

The massive fish caught on June 13, 2022 was recognized as the the largest freshwater fish in the world officially recorded by Guinness World Records.

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The female stingray was named Boramy, which means “full moon” in the language Khmer languagereported Reuters.

The world's largest freshwater fish, a giant stingray weighing 661 pounds, was caught in the Mekong on June 13.

The world’s largest freshwater fish, a giant stingray weighing 661 pounds, was caught in the Mekong on June 13.
(Sinsamout Ounboundisane / FISHBIO / Handout via REUTERS)

Boramy is 13 feet long — including her tail — and it took about a dozen men to bring her to shore, according to Reuters.

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The stingray was measured by a team of international experts working with the US-Cambodian project Wonders of the Mekong, according to Guinness, which announced news about the “record-breaking ray” on its website.

After measuring and electronically tagging Boramy, it was her released back into the river.

Electronic tagging will enable scientists to do this Monitor the movement of the fish and behavior, Reuters reported.

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Biologist Zeb Hogan, director of the Wonders of the Mekong project, told Reuters that catching boramy is exciting because it’s the world’s largest fish.

The female stingray was named Boramy, meaning "full moon" in the Khmer language.  It took about a dozen men to land the huge fish.

The female stingray was named Boramy, which means “full moon” in the Khmer language. It took about a dozen men to land the huge fish.
(Sinsamout Ounboundisane / FISHBIO / Handout via REUTERS)

“It’s also exciting news because it means this stretch of the Mekong is still healthy,” Hogan added. “It’s a sign of hope that these giant fish (here) are still alive.”

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Dana Lee, a biologist at FISHBIO, a fisheries and environmental consultancy, was also one of the experts who measured boramy.

Boramy was surveyed and tagged before being released back into the Mekong.

Boramy was surveyed and tagged before being released back into the Mekong.
(Sinsamout Ounboundisane / FISHBIO / Handout via REUTERS)

“Getting my first glimpse of the giant stingray as it was pulled from the deep was a magical moment for me,” Lee told Guinness World Records.

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“The Mekong has always been a mythical place to me, and this creature almost seemed like the river personified,” Lee added.

According to Reuters, Boramy took the record for world’s largest freshwater fish from a 646-pound (293 kg) catfish caught in northern Thailand in 2005.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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