Freshwater Giant Stingrays are Living in the Mekong

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Freshwater Giant Stingrays are Living in the Mekong

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I came across this article on freshwater giant stingrays, and was surprised to learn that they are still living in the upper Mekong in Cambodia, even if they are an endangered species.
Thought this was very cool and that some of you might be interested.
There's a great photo of a 4 metre long giant stingray that was caught in Cambodia on the link here. (Copyright protected.)
The giant freshwater stingray may be the world’s largest freshwater fish. It’s also cloaked in mystery. No one is sure how many giant stingrays are left, which habitats they prefer, or even if they ever venture into the ocean, where their more commonly known relatives live.

These ancient fish, little changed over many millions of years, can reach 16.5 feet long, including the tail. There are reports of giant stingrays weighing up to 1,300 pounds, though such accounts are not verified because weighing the enormous and awkward animals is very difficult.
The giant freshwater stingray is classified as endangered, and there are indications that stingray numbers have dropped dramatically in recent years as the fish’s river habitats have degraded. While an unstudied but relatively healthy population exists in the upper part of Cambodian section of the Mekong River, it appears the rays no longer inhabit some parts of their historical range. ... /#/547.jpg
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Re: Freshwater Giant Stingrays are Living in the Mekong

Post by daeum_tnaot »

Sadly, this kind of animal is probably doomed given the recent conditions on the Mekong.
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