Largest Catfish In The World

Largest Catfish In The World

The largest catfish in the world is the Giant Mekong, or the Pangasius gigas. This catfish holds the world record and was snared in May 2005 in Thailand. This fish was almost nine feet in length, and weighed approximately 646 pounds. The Giant Mekong was captured in a region where these species are considered endangered, but they are still allowed to be caught under special permits. The fish after being captured was handed over to the Department of Fisheries. The department further collected the eggs and the sperms of this rare giant catfish and harvested them to retain this rare variety of fish species forever.

This giant catfish thrives in the Mekong River in China that flows southwards into Southeast Asia. This giant variety of catfish is found in Cambodia and Thailand. Here it is known as Pla Buk, which actually means huge fish. The dimensions of this fish are very amazing with the biggest growing up to 10 ft and weighing almost 660 lbs. There are some more amazing facts about this variety. Scientists have recently revealed that they live maximum part of their lives in the sea. People generally think catfish are slow swimmers that live at the bottom of the water body, but in reality these have traveled almost 600 miles in order to spawn in the Mekong Delta and river.

It is very difficult to study the migration route of the catfish since the water in the Mekong River is very murky. Scientists have devised a latest method to determine its migration route. They examined chemical determiners, known as isotopes, in the bones and muscle tissues of catfish found in the Khone Falls area of the Mekong River. The researchers found that the fish has recently moved from salt water into fresh water.

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