Endangered Giant Catfish Confirmed Caught. Then eaten.

By | July 1, 2005

I apologize to the spirit of this phenomenal giant catfish on behalf of humanity. It isn’t the first nor will it be the last species humans hunt to extinction.

“Fishermen in northern Thailand have netted a fish as big as a grizzly bear, a 646.2-pound Mekong giant catfish, ( 8.9 feet long) the heaviest recorded since Thai officials started keeping records in 1981. The behemoth was caught in the Mekong River and may be the largest freshwater fish ever found. – ems

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… Dr. Zeb Hogan, a WWF Conservation Science fellow and leader of a new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and National Geographic Society project to identify and study all freshwater fish over 6 feet long or 200 pounds. “We’ve now confirmed now that this catfish is the current record holder, an astonishing find.”

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Didn’t survive capture
The Mekong giant catfish was caught and eaten in a remote village in Thailand along the Mekong River, home to more species of giant fish than any other river in the world, the researchers said.

Local environmentalists and government officials had negotiated to release the fish so it could continue its spawning migration in the far north of Thailand, near the borders of Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and China, but the adult male later died.

The researchers said the Mekong giant catfish is declining as a species due to habitat destruction and upstream dams.

The Mekong River Basin is home to more species of massive fish than any river on Earth, they added, and Mekong fish are the primary source of protein for the 73 million people that live along the river.

Via NBCNews

 

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