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Biggest freshwater fish ever caught is a stingray that weighs nearly as much as a polar bear | Live Science

A fisherman in Cambodia secured the rights to a true fish story last week, landing the largest freshwater fish ever caught.

The giant freshwater ray (Urogymnus polylepis) is more than 4 meters long and weighed a whopping 661 pounds (299.8 kilograms). Despite its enormous size, little is known about the habits and behavior of this species of stingray in the wild. Scientists tagged and released the record-breaker to learn more about its migration patterns and preferred habitats.

The flapjack-shaped find has now secured the giant freshwater stingray’s status as the world’s largest known fish and the Mekong giant catfish (Pangasianodon gigas), the largest of which was a 293 kg specimen caught in Thailand in 2005.

Scientists measure a giant freshwater ray caught in the Mekong on June 13, 2022. The catch turned out to be the largest freshwater fish on record. (Image credit: Sinsamout Ounboudisane/FISHBIO)

Biggest freshwater fish ever caught is a stingray that weighs nearly as much as a polar bear
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