Giant 800-Pound Stingray Caught in Thailand Could be a Record Breaker

First there was a giant catfish caught in the Po river in Italy and now a humungous stingray has been caught in Thailand’s Mae Klong River. The team that caught this behemoth included veterinarian Nantarika Chansue and TV host Jeff Corwin.

The team think it might be the largest freshwater fish ever recorded by researchers, coming in at 14 ft long, 7.9 ft wide and weighing 700 to 800 lb. Based on this size Chansue estimates it's around 35 to 40 years old.

The team are waiting on official confirmation to see if they've beaten the current world record holder which is a Mekong giant catfish.

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The ray has been tagged with microchips so scientists can keep track of it, as both this and the Mekong giant catfish are critically endangered species.

There was good news though, they think the area they caught it in is likely a nursery ground—and the stingray is pregnant with two fetal rays.

Meet the worlds largest freshwater fish! What an epic moment with Dr. Nantarika Chansue www.facebook.com/VMARC.CHULA and... (Jeff Corwin)

h/t National Geographic