Cambodian villagers captured the World’s largest freshwater fish from the Mekong river on 14th June 2022, breaking the previous record of a catfish, which weighed 646 pounds and was discovered in Thailand in 2005. The 4m long fish is a female stingray that surpasses a whopping mass of 293 kg and thereby required around a dozen men to transport ashore.
She was named ‘Boramy’ which in the Khmer language means “full moon” owing to her protuberant shape. Researchers held on to her until last week to record her behavior and movements via electronic tagging, after which she was released back into the river.
“This world’s largest fish was the first fish that the team tagged and released back into the river and that means for the next year we’ll be able to track its movements to learn about the stingray’s life”, says Biologist Zeb Hogan, ex-host of the “Monster Fish” show on the National Geographic Channel, who is now part of a conservation project on the River. He also states how the discovery of Boramy is a testament to how the Mekong River is still healthy to embody such species. Boramy was released off Koh Preah, an island along the northern Cambodian stretch of the river.
The Mekong river is the 7th longest river in Asia and has the third most diverse fish population in the world. Low flow and drought were the main problems the river encountered through the years 2019-2021, which have affected the stocks associated with the river.