Tuesday, December 4, 2007

8-Foot Giant Catfish Caught in Cambodia

Captured just before midnight on November 13 by fishers in Cambodia, this Mekong giant catfish is 8 feet long (2.4 meters long) ands weighs 450 pounds (204 kilograms). Giant catfish were once plentiful throughout Southeast Asia's Mekong River watershed, including the Tonle Sap River—home of the fish in these exclusive pictures taken near Phnom Penh. In the last century the Mekong giant catfish population has declined by 95 to 99 percent, scientists say. Only a few hundred adult giant catfish may remain. After collecting data on the fish, it was released unharmed.

1 comment:

Jan said...

That is an incredible fish. I am so glad they released it unharmed.