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One Heck of a Giant Stingray

A stingray weighing close to 900 pounds?  This 6.6-ft.-wide giant stingray was caught, measured and released in Thailand this week, part of a National Geographic scientific expedition to search for giant fish. It may well be the largest known freshwater fish in the world.

University of Nevada biologist Zeb Hogan, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, was pleased to discover healthy populations of giant stingray in Thailand, where once the fish were considered critically endangered.

Freshwater giant stingrays are among the largest of the approximately 200 species of rays.  They are found in just a few rivers in Southeast Asia and northern Australia.

More about the Megafishes Project here.


(image credit: Zeb Hogan)

From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by Marilyn Terrell.

Congrats on not killing it, unlike the people on the link posted on the 1st comment. A friend of mine had his ankle thoroughly pierced by a stingray's tail while he was standing in very shallow waters, so yes, be cautious around these creatures.
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Actually Mytake, the ray in the first one was NOT killed but was in fact released back into the river after being tagged.

I believe this is the same research expedition as in the first link, as that little pool they're keeping it in looks the same. However, the ray in the first link was around 7 feet, this one is 6.6 feet and is missing the tail (the first one had a tail).

So I'm as confused as anyone else if this is the same ray or not.
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