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Giant stingray reeled in in Thailand

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Posted by travelfishnews on 28/2/2009 at 09:34

National Geographic News reports that fishers and scientists announced the catch and release of what is likely the world's largest known freshwater giant stingray in Thailand.

The giant stingray, weighing 250 to 450 kgs, was reeled in on January 28 as part of a National Geographic expedition. The stingray's body measured 2 metres by 2.1 metres, and its tail was missing. If it had been there, the ray's total length would have been between 4.5 and 5 metres, estimated University of Nevada Biologist Zeb Hogan. Hogan was in Thailand searching for giant fish as part of the Megafishes Project, which is an effort to document Earth's 20 or so freshwater giants.

The new find gives hope that the giant stingray, once overfished, may be more abundant than previously thought.

Snorkelling, anyone?

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