Fishermen hook giant stingray

Cambodian fishermen on the Mekong River got a shock when they hooked a giant stingray four metres long and weighing 180 kilos, scientists said on Wednesday.

Fishermen hook giant stingray
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Fishermen hook giant stingray

published : 11 May 2022 at 16:05

writer: Gary Boyle

ORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: Reuters

This handout photo taken on May 5, 2022 and released on May 10 by the US-funded Wonders of the Mekong project shows a female giant freshwater stingray -- weighing 400 pounds (181 kg) and measuring 13 feet (3.96 metres) in length -- that was caught and released in the Mekong River in Cambodia's Stung Treng province. (AFP)

Cambodian fishermen on the Mekong River got a shock when they hooked a giant stingray four metres long and weighing 180 kilos, scientists said on Wednesday.

The female stingray, one of Southeast Asia's largest and rarest species of fish, was caught by accident last week in Stung Treng province when it swallowed a smaller fish that had taken a hook.

An international team of experts on the US-funded Wonders of the Mekong project worked with the fishermen to unhook the ray before weighing and measuring it and returning it unharmed to the river.

The giant Mekong is a crucial habitat for many species large and small, but a fish biologist from the University of Nevada said the river's underwater ecosystem was poorly understood.

More than 1,000 fish species call the Mekong home and the stingray is not the only giant living in the muddy waters -- the giant catfish and giant barb also reach up to three metres long and 270 kilos in weight.

Environmentalists have long voiced concerns about dam building along the Mekong River that will destroy fish stocks.

The famous waterway starts in China and twists south through parts of Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, feeding 60 million people.

Vocabulary

  • crucial (adj): extremely important because it effects the result of something - สำคัญยิ่ง
  • ecosystem: all the plants and animals in a particular area, considered as a system with parts that depend on one another - ระบบที่เกิดจากความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างสิ่งมีชีวิตและสิ่งแวดล้อม
  • environmentalist: someone who wants to protect the environment - นักสิ่งแวดล้อม, คนที่ทำงานด้านรักษาสิ่งแวดล้อม
  • experts (noun): people who have a particular skill or who know a lot about a particular subject - ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ
  • hook: a curved piece of metal or plastic fixed to a pole or with a handle at the other end, used for catching hold of something - ตะขอ
  • rare: not often seen or found - หาได้ยาก
  • swallow: to make food or drink go from your mouth down through your throat and into your stomach - กลืน
  • unharmed: not hurt or damaged - ไม่ได้รับบาดเจ็บ
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