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It’s a big fish.
Fishermen in northern Cambodia caught a 661-pound freshwater stingray in the Mekong River earlier this month, according to reports.
The massive fish, which was caught on June 13, 2022, has been recognized as the world’s largest freshwater fish officially registered, according to Guinness World Records.
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The female stingray was named Boramy, which means “full moon” in the Khmer language, Reuters reported.
Boramy is 13 feet tall – which includes her tail – and required about a dozen men to bring her ashore, according to Reuters.
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The rock was measured by a team of international experts working on the US-Cambodian “Wonders of the Mekong” project, according to Guinness World Records.
After Boramy was measured and electronically tagged, she was released back into the river.
The electronic tagging will allow researchers to monitor the fish’s movements and behavior, Reuters reported.
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Biologist Zeb Hogan, director of the “Wonders of the Mekong” project, told Reuters that it is exciting to catch Boramy because she is the world’s largest fish.
“This is also exciting news because it means that this stretch of the Mekong is still healthy,” Hogan added. “It’s a sign of hope that these huge fish are still alive (here).”
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Dana Lee, a biologist at FISHBIO, a fisheries and environmental consulting company, was also one of the experts measuring Boramy.
“Getting the first glimpse of the giant rock as it was pulled up from the depths was a magical moment for me,” Lee told Guinness World Records.
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“The Mekong has always been a bit of a mythical place in my mind, and this creature seemed almost like the river personified,” Lee added.
Boramy set the record for the world’s largest freshwater fish from a 646-pound (293 kg) catfish caught in northern Thailand in 2005, according to Reuters.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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